Half-Way There Staff Party
Celebrate the start of the second semester with a Half-Way There Staff Party! Everything about this staff party is done in "halves" Cut the food in half. Serve half-cups of beverages. Serve coffee with half and half. Put out a bowl of cashew halves. Cut the agenda or a message into halves and instruct staff members to pair up with a person who has the other half so they can read the full text. If you want to work some kind of team activity into the staff party, you might distribute cards with the name of one half of a "Dynamic Duo" (for example, "Abbott" on one card and "Costello" on another, Batman and Robin, Sonny and Cher, Cheech and Chong, The Lone Ranger and Tonto…) and have each staff member find his or her partner. Ask restaurants or retail stores to donate coupons for half off a meal or item. I’m sure you can think of a dozen more fun ideas (or at least "half" that many!) to create a fun Half-Way There staff party.
Free food is becoming a highly valued employee perk. Here are some fun food ideas you might use to recognize the hard work of your staff, individually or collectively.
- Decorate a cookie inscribed with Super_____ [ job title].
- Have bagels delivered to the staff lounge.
- Have students or staff members bring in fruit to be placed in baskets for other staff members. Have the fruit sorted, arranged, wrapped, ribboned, and delivered.
- Each day of a designated week, treat the staff to snacks. Some examples: cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, a cake tray, a fruit tray.
- Hold a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” staff party.
- On a non-payday week, put a Payday candy bar in each staff member’s mailbox with a note of appreciation such as “Here’s an extra payday for all your efforts.”
- Designate one day a week as “Treat Day.” Each person is responsible for providing goodies for one or two Treat Days each school year. Hmmm... Would Monday be a good day for this?
Give staff members a supply of Cheerful Change coins
which represent emotional currency of appreciation. Staff members then give the coins to their peers throughout the year as a way of expressing thanks.
This article written by Dr. Diane Hodges, an award winning educator, best selling author and friend of Baudville. Learn more about Dr. Hodges at www.DianeHodges.com