Food ideas are what all teams love. Think outside the box. Have a breakfast day, cereal and milk all day long. Chili cookoff! Cookie Swap during the holidays. On the first big snowfall, get some cocoa packets and marshmallows in the breakroom. Have a blind taste test in the break room, Archer Farms vs National Brands. Set up a 2 tables with tortilla chips and dips (table one and table 2) let the the team vote which they liked better. Team gets to eat and you can drive some brand sales.I love the impromptu snacks in the breakroom. Had a great green visit? Get a cake from the bakery frosted green. Big thing with food, is make sure there is fresh product at least 3 times per day, morning team, midday and closing teams. Closers deserve more than chip crumbs and crusty salsa.
Going into winter hold a mitten/hat drive. Have everyone bring in gently used mittens and hats, wash and donate to a local shelter or school. Create a Book Nook. With the emphasis on reading and the current library makeovers Target is sponsoring why not have an area in the break room with some best sellers or classics that the team can read on break or lunch. Hold a Crazy Sock week. We have to wear red and khaki but what we wear for socks can be very individual. Of course the winner would win a pair of socks. A puzzle table is a great stress reliever. Anyone can sit down and work on it for 15 minutes and not think about work. (This is one thing our team loves) Share vacation photos!. Encourage team members to bring in a favorite photo of their vacation, put up a map and let them pushpin their destination too. How about a reuse/recycle day? Find four or five items that people throw out daily (tp tube, kleenex box, pill bottle,egg carton) and challenge them to bring in their idea for how to reuse or repurpose those items.
I think the biggest thing in HR is that if you plan an event, FOLLOW THROUGH!. I hate when we will have all of these activities listed on the calender and nothing happens.