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WORKPLACE STRESS REDUCTION ACTIVITIES: MORTIFYING AND FUN


By beanerywriters(11,675)

Posted Friday, September 21, 2007
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WORKPLACE STRESS REDUCTION ACTIVITIES: MORTIFYING AND FUN

by Carolyn C. Holland

 

My older sister would be mortified. She wouldn’t have a Slinky, Etch-a-Sketch, toy, or---heaven forbid, a squirt gun---on her office desk.

However, the AP article I read in the late 1990s stated: “America’s office workers are getting in touch with their inner child. At their desks and computers, they are playing with toys---Slinkys…Etch-a-Sketch key chains…and squirt guns.”

My sister follows rules for office propriety, and always warned me to act appropriately when I visited her workplace. As if I wouldn’t consider that it was her workplace, and be considerate of that fact. But her life, with its years of stress, has had the child wrung out of it. She’s lost the child within her. Unlike me, who has simply never exited childhood, as those who know me can attest to.

“Workers---and yes, even some bosses---have found that toys in the office add smiles and reduce stress.” People are “straining to be individual in a cubical jungle.”

Monte, as a pastor, doesn’t work in a “cubicle jungle.” Nevertheless, he discovered the benefits of “breaking out of the box” of “workplace propriety.”

When I took an extended trip to New England in 1996, I left twenty-plus gifts for Monte, to be given to him by various church and neighborhood persons.

One of these gifts was a smiley-face tie.

This was not his style, but to my surprise he wore it.

Lo and behold, he discovered the tie brought smiles, comments and even new attitudes from the people he related to as he went about his workday activities---the shut-in. The over-worked peer. His congregants. The children.

Today he intentionally wears interesting ties. He’s learned they are conversation ice-breakers, and people watch to see what they can comment on. Church members and others occasionally add to his collection.

Tension relievers. Conversation breakers. Individualism. All themes becoming lost in today’s workaday world.

But all is not lost. There is hope. People will find ways to break out of the box.

The human imagination finds ways to survive even in desperate circumstances.

To read another story on “why ties,” (and the comments), click on WHY NECKTIES?

It’s posted in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine at www.ProBlogs.com/beanerywriters where you will find other stories by members of and visitors to the magazine site.


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