10 Ideas To Make Your Workplaces More Fun

Is your workplace sort of blah? Are your coworkers disengaged? Fear not, we’ve got some quick productivity-boosting fixes so fun that you’ll forget you ever wanted to go home three hours ago.

So, in the spirit of pleasant workplaces everywhere, here’s a compilation of fast and fun things you can do to put a smile on your coworkers’ faces and boost productivity.

Office dog

It’s no secret that we want an office dog at Fast Company. So far, this Pinterest board is as close as we’ve gotten. Meanwhile, we’ve written about this culture-enhancing canine desire in two previous posts, and Purina even made a video in an attempt to push us over the edge.

Communal Lunch

Everybody eats, so why not eat together, and get to know each other in the process?

You might discover a new food, or, you know, introduce yourself to somebody new.

Again, Just make sure you’re not eating these foods.

Decorate your office!

What’s that, not everybody like white walls, white ceilings, and soulless lighting?

Just because it’s an office, doesn’t mean it has to be an office. When you spend such a significant amount of time in one space, it’s important that it reflects not only the culture of the company, but the people who make it run. (Related: Sometimes it’s best to take meetings outside the office.

A nice work environement might even convince you to–gasp–look forward to work!

A good snack stash

Stocking a snack drawer is cheap, and creates a focal point for conversation in the office. It also keeps people really happy, because they don’t have to constantly run out of the office if they want a bite to eat.

Play games and have fun

Need to take a break to recharge? Maybe play a boardgame or ping-pong, or, in Fast Company‘s case, embarrass yourself in a game of office-wide Jeopardy.

Pranks

Like any good team member, you know that when a someone goes on an extended vacation, you have one responsibility: Prank them.

Not only is it hilarious if done well, but your victim will know that they’ve been missed, and appreciate it.

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