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"Health & Happiness at Work" by Treena Bjarnason, Cheeky Monkey Media

Health & Happiness at Work

The importance of a great office environment is often overlooked. Company health starts with everyone on your team WANTING to come to work. It is ironic that to keep an employee productive and motivated, what they really need is some downtime to chill, relax, and spend a bit of time doing something fun. It could be a friendly game of darts, a good conversation (not work related), or just knowing that a beer is waiting for them on Friday afternoon in the office lounge. (if you don’t have an office lounge, I highly recommend acquiring one :)

I started “compliment Friday” as an excuse to reach out to the Drupal developers to tell them something nice about each of them. Even if I only got one smile out of my campaign, I considered that a success! Too often we all follow the “people notice dirty but not clean” rule. Dress up day is also a great way to feel good about one’s self, since we here are typically a jeans and t-shirt kinda crowd. When you look good, you feel good.

Healthy office culture should start with a positive, engaging work space. We here at Cheeky employ an “open office” policy, where we all are in view of each other, and have nice, clean shots for our Nerf gun wars. There is nothing like a good Nerf shootout to get the creative, happy thoughts going. It also gets all of us out of these damn chairs which may one of the best things about keeping us healthy in the office. “Movement is life”...probably the truest statement I have heard in a long while. It should be mandatory in office’s that all employees must get up and be active every hour.

We all have to work for a living, so why not make it as fun as possible?

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