It is amazing to see the generosity and support of our community. But the creative and playful natures of people really come out when the creative juices flow. Harvest for Hunger campaigns are still going on but so far, we’ve learned that some groups have really taken the opportunity to have a few laughs and even do some team building while still helping those in need.
Cheryl and her team at Heinen’s in Avon put on a Carnival with games and prizes on two consecutive Saturdays. AJ and Cynthia at the Amherst Giant Eagle sponsored a Pasta Dinner, Buckeye Community Bank employees delivered pies-in-the-faces to their top executives. Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s schools in Avon held an East verses West food drive competition, St. Jude School kids held a Pajama Day, Giant Eagle in North Ridgeville partnered with Chipotle to raise funds, Janae held a 5K race and Macy’s Systems & Technologies held raging penny wars with hilarious results.
Many experts say that having fun at work is good for business, too. Authors Dave Hemseth and Leslie Yerkes state that, “Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity and less downtime.” Many organizations strive to attract top employees and to make the Fortune 500 Best Place to Work list by leaving time for fun and for community outreach projects. Having fun at work is proven to have substantial effects on workplace productivity. Use your imagination and make play a common and useful occurrence in your workplace. Partner that with helping a community cause makes it a winning combination.
Kelly Sawyer at Buckeye Community Bank was in charge of their Harvest for Hunger campaign this year. She and her team came up with plans that included their pies-in-the-executives- faces initiative. “We want to help the community. We are just happy to be able to relieve some of the stress for people locally struggling to provide food.” And might as well have some fun, too! Win-Win-Win!
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