We recently concluded our Workplace Creativity contest and this week we wanted to showcase some of the amazing entries that we received. This contest asked people to email a description of an innovative way you work, such as creative décor, something fun that happened at work, or any initiative that contributed to a culture of innovation.
The judges were:
- Carla Rieger, The Creativity Catalyst
- Marisa Cohen,Creative Writer and Blogger
- Phyllis Harber-Murphy,Creative Virtual Assistant
- Carol Ann Fried, Fun at Work expert–Training, Speaking and Coaching
- David Gouthro, Creativity and Innovation expert–Training, Speaking and Facilitation
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Here are the 3rd, and 2nd place winners for the Workplace Creativity Contest:
Third Place – Olympics at the Beach
from Bliss at Symantec in Bellingham
Bliss writes, “A few years ago when working with Symantec, we took two teams of folks who worked in different groups–but needed to communicate flawlessly–to the beach. Once there, we mixed them up in newly formed teams and conducted Symantec Olympics on the Beach.
Seeing each other slipping as they raced, and limbo-ing on the sand and passing eggs on spoons had everyone laughing together in no time. As I bet you would agree, if you laugh together, you can work together. I was the one with the stopwatch and whistle, and can attest to that fact. As for other companies, you don’t have to go to the beach to have your own “Olympic” events. You can be anywhere, from the park to the office hallways, just being willing to get silly together does wonders.”
Second Place – Re-inventing a child’s play area at Salmon Arm Credit Union
Contributed by Louise Delaney, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union
I work as the Manager, Marketing for the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union. Our main branch had an old run down kids “play” area which featured hand me down books, a painting on the wall and a wooden rocking horse from the 1950;s. We called him “Horsey”. Horsey entertained generations of children who waited for their folks while they did their banking.
As cute as he was, Horsey seemed dangerous to me. He slid along a metal contraption which could easily slice off little fingers. He was rickety so tended to buck off excited children. And worst of all, he stood in front of a plate glass window. I couldn’t stand the potential risks we could incur and so I turned a hazard into a creative opportunity.
I lassoed Horsey one night and took him to my office pasture, much to the complaints of the kids, parents (now really, would they allow Horsey to live in THEIR playroom – safely?), and from staff who had to deal with disappointed kids and aggravated parents.
I needed to bring “Horsey” back in a way that didn’t pose any hazards, that enabled staff to work without too much noise, and that would satisfy parents and their kids. I thought about how to design something using local imagery, local design talent and local business to produce it. I put our Ad agency on the case (Mediability Communications and Creatability Design).
After many design drafts: here is the interactive, magnetic board which lines the walls of our kids area. It is 10 feet wide by 5 feet high and surrounds two corner walls. The elements in the design can easily be taken off and can be moved wherever the spirit takes those who dare to play (kids and adults alike). It features local bird life, it is close to the ground for little kids and it corrals little folk into a manageable area.
The kids love it, the parents love it, the staff love it and Horsey remains peaceful in the pasture but reincarnated in the new design. The design is now being custom produced for in home use thereby increasing business for those involved.
See the next blog post for The Grand Prize Winner of The Workplace Creative Contest