In the current era of slim efficiency and attention to getting the most out of your money, the idea that there are “office games” may seem like a forgotten relic from the dot-com age. We all know what I’m referring to my office games. They are the tiniest games that are almost always invented by men in their 20s or early 30s. They’re usually made up of improvised versions of traditional games that are played in the workplace with items such as crumpled sheets of paper or erasers. This is what professional athletes played in their early years to keep their minds busy in junior high school study hall or detention but on a bigger and more creative scale.
Based on my own experience in an unassuming company in the mid-2000s, when office games were played with the respect and fervor normally reserved for Olympics, I think it’s high time to revive office games (within the limits of). They’re a great way to foster camaraderie and creative thinking and also provide a (usually) healthy and safe outlet for frustration and stress. This is a brief overview of two of my favorite workplace games that I had an influence in creating in the company “Company X,” a small-scale publisher of trade magazines and conferences based in Boston. Boston suburbs.
PenguinBall – The Apex of Trade Show Swag
One of the most tragic effects the recession has caused on the trade show industry is the stark diminution of “swag” – the little giveaways that booths offer in order to convince you to pretend to listen during five minutes. Our employees often attended trade shows during the swag-craze times of the 90s and the early 2000s, and our office was strewn with toys made of rubber and foam of all sorts. They included two tiny penguins made of foam that incorporated emblems that is the logo of Linux, the Linux operating system as well as about 1000 rubber ball.
The idea of a competition to try and knock down the penguins on the most distance using the rubber ball soon evolved into formal competitions “PenguinBall,” a contest of strength and skill which was played as a mix of football and bowling. PenguinBall was a popular game in the office faster and further than the gap in the Antarctic Ozone layer, which helped to create inter-departmental connections in a workplace rife with conflict and turf battles. The late Friday afternoon placing bets on the person who can smash the most penguins during ten rounds of PenguinBall battle royale was instrumental in setting the tone for more respectful conversations on Monday. It was more collaborative than wearing blindfolds and sliding back to the arms of someone you would be hesitant to touch would.
Do Youse Guys Wanna Play StarBall?
As with all good things, PenguinBall came to an end. The game ended up being an object from office tensions (i.e., the top executive who was known as a killjoy was able to catch wind of it and decided to smack the game). The small group of workers who came up with PenguinBall was able to vent their frustrations with a new sport named StarBall that was played in a similar way to stickball but played in an office parking lot, using a Wiffle Ball bat and a wrapped piece of Starburst fruit-flavored candy to play the ball. StarBall allowed players to experience the excitement of being a grumpy 10-year-old. There were bonus points when you landed a Starburst in the top of the adjacent post office, as well as, at the very least, an object of candy flying into the window that was in front of an office that was across the street. There was also the swarm of 20-30-something players swarming around as an angry player leaned on the windowsill to shout.
StarBall did not become an interdepartmental hit. However, it did provide an outlet for stress for its elite players. It was more competitive and risky than PenguinBall, which posed the threat of injuries (one player suffered a massive circular bruise in his chest) and property damage, and it reflected the evolving atmosphere in American workplaces. American workplace.
I’ve been a self-employed freelancer for a few years, while office gaming is merely memories for me that are wistful. Based on what my friends who work in cubicles have told me that they’re also remembered in the office, too. I strongly suggest that businesses adopt an approach of decriminalizing office games, as long as they’re played during breaks scheduled for the day or after 4:00 pm on Fridays, so as to limit productivity loss. In the end, you do not want a subterranean version of StarBall being played in your parking space.