Try monthly activities

Organizing workplace events each month can keep your staff focused and enthusiastic throughout the year. Here are some ideas you can adopt or adapt:

  • Feb. 17 is Random Act of Kindness Day. Ask each employee to do one nice thing for a co-worker. Draw names to make sure everyone participates, and let employees perform good deeds anonymously.
  • March 11 is Organize Your Office Day. Make sure your employees' workspaces are clean and well-organized. Supply cleaning products, and have employees lend a hand.
  • April 17 is Get to Know Your Customers Day. Make sure all your employees—even those who may not work directly with customers—know your business's customers and understand their needs.
  • May 13 is National Receptionists Day. Your company's receptionist often is the face and voice of your business. Take this opportunity to show your receptionist he or she is appreciated. If you don't employ a traditional receptionist, take time to examine how each employee represents your company and make any necessary improvements.
  • Aug. 17 is National Tell a Joke Day. Give your employees advance notice, and invite them to submit their best work-appropriate jokes. Post the jokes in a common area, have employees vote for their favorites and award silly prizes.
  • Sept. 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate your staff and a classic favorite food by ordering lunch for your employees.
  • Oct. 12 is Columbus Day. Take time to explore your workplace, and encourage employees to do the same. This day's focus should be on learning something new.
  • Nov. 11 is Armistice Day, an international holiday celebrating the symbolic end of Word War I. Use this day to end workplace hostilities.
  • Dec. 4 is Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day. Identify what makes your team work together efficiently, and take time to discuss more ways your team can work together.

Source: Adapted from Communication Briefings, 2008 Special Issue

ICC and FEMA partner for disaster response

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to reduce the loss of life and property caused by natural disasters. A memorandum of understanding calls for FEMA and ICC to support the maintenance, adoption, outreach, training and enforcement of disaster-resistant building safety codes to reduce human and economic losses resulting from natural disasters.