Wednesday, January 9, 2013

An idea to beat the winter blahs

I admit it.  Come the middle of January, into February, I probably don't smile much.  The winter doldrums set in and I can't wait for warm weather.  This time of year, it is dark when I go to work and it is dark when I come home.

I thought it would be a good idea at work to have something planned that people could get excited about.

I gave the assignment to one of the employees that report to me.  On February 9, I want you to plan a crock pot lunch for our Division.  Send out an eye-catching invitation.  I assumed people would go for it.  But the response, so far, has exceeded my expectations.

The invitation was emailed yesterday.  Bring in a crock pot dish, or you can contribute muffins or another appropriate dish to pass.

People have rallied around this one!  "We should do something like this once a month," was one comment I got.  An older faculty member proudly boasted, "I will bring an old family recipe for chili in my old, old crock pot!"

We are a friendly bunch of employees but the intense nature of our job doesn't allow for a lot of socializing during work hours.  This will be a welcome break from the fast paced, nose to the grindstone culture we work in.

Looks like I'm not the only one excited about it!


4 comments:

  1. Good job Sherry, we used to do things like this at my job back in Illinois and it sure did help moral a lot.

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  2. What great way to blow away the winter 'blahs' - I'm sure everyone will enjoy it and it won't be a 'one of'. Crock pot food is great as you can make a day ahead and it usually tastes better then anyway.

    Cheers - Joolz

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  3. What a great idea! We try and do something like that, not the whole place as it's pretty big, just my unit and the admin and science support and do a crock pot, or a soup or such lunch. We always have so much good food, and it gives us a chance to sit and chat, as much of us tend to get out for lunch, just to get a break.

    Have a great time and I'm sure whatever you make will be excellent!

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  4. Read your crockpot recipe below, and reading this...makes me realize I need to get out my crock pot and use it more.

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