My office’s Social Committee has been incredibly successful over the past few years in coming up with ways to get the 30 or so people I work with to connect outside the workplace.
By organizing regular non-work events like potlucks, pub nights, the annual Christmas party, Halloween costume contests, and pizza lunches, the Committee plays a big role in making sure we’re more than just colleagues – we’re friends.
It can be tricky to come up with new ideas through.
The Committee has been around long enough that we often get in the habit of repeating the same activities from month to month. While those well-established events are all fun, it’s always nice to try something different; something we haven’t tried before.
That’s what happened this year.
The Committee had a brainstorm and came up with a brand new pastime: our first annual Gingerbread House Challenge! (And yes, I’m confident in saying “annual” – It was a huge hit with ALL my workmates and they’re already clamouring for more.)
The Committee supplied the pre-constructed G-bread houses and split participants into four teams. Each team had the lunch hour to craft the best damn gingerbread house they could – the aim being to annihilate the competition with creativity and artistry.
There were a few rules about what materials were sanctioned for use (my team kind of
broke bent them, so we’ll just gloss over the details and get right to the results). The winner was determined by popular vote with everyone in our office getting one vote (you couldn’t vote for your own creation). It was a crazy-close race. Seriously… we had a tie and needed to do a run-off election to determine the final winner!
In the end, my team wound up in second place (clearly the election was rigged.)
I snagged pics of each entry, so you can see the results of our lunchtime labour.