Planning activities for office employees can encourage bonding between coworkers. Employees who have fun at work might view the office in a more positive light. A human resources manager could plan office activities, or employees can brainstorm ideas and vote. The month of March provides a wide array of interesting holidays and events to celebrate at the office.
The American Dietetic Association sponsors National Nutrition Month every March to promote healthy eating and physical activity habits. Employees can choose a weekday in March to hold an office pot luck lunch of healthy foods. Mondays are a good day to have this activity, since everyone can prepare food on Sunday instead of cooking on a busy weeknight. Employees can also bring copies of healthy recipes to the office throughout the month to encourage good nutrition.
The National Education Association’s Read Across America day usually falls on March 2, which happens to be the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss. Employees can celebrate reading by bringing in a cherished novel, poetry collection or favorite short story to the office. During lunch, everyone could take turns reading a brief excerpt aloud, such as three poems or five pages of a book. Then they can discuss reading and the impact of books and literature on everyday life.
People celebrate Irish culture, food and all things green on Saint Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17. Encourage employees to wear green to work and decorate the office in the morning with green streamers and balloons to create a festive atmosphere. Have a volunteer bring in chocolate coins—round pieces of chocolate wrapped in gold tin foil—and hand them out to everyone. After work, invite employees to the local bar for appetizers and Irish beer.
The first day of spring falls on Saturday, March 20. Instead of telling employees to neaten up the office for spring cleaning, celebrate the fresh warm weather with a picnic. Employees can volunteer to make sandwiches and bring chips, utensils, drinks and blankets to share for an outdoor lunch. On Friday, go to a local park during lunch hour and enjoy an office picnic in the sunshine. The picnic can always be rescheduled if it rains.
The famous artist Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30. Celebrate art and creativity by planning a weekend day trip to an art museum. You can visit a few small local museums or travel to the nearest city to view major works of art. Having an office field trip on a weekend day allows employees to bring family members along. Plus, museum admission tickets usually don’t cost a lot of money.