50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #37: Decorate Someone’s Desk, Cubicle or Office

Tip #37: Decorate someone’s desk, cubicle or office.

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Do it up right on their birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other big life events.

What a WOW it would be to come in and find your work area festooned with balloons, streamers, signs and cards!

It’s always nice when people wish you a happy birthday, offer congratulations and even give you a group card.

But it’s a real WOW when they come into their workspace and find banners, streamers, balloons, and other items (signed cards and notes, too!) from their co-workers to really celebrate with them and do it up right!

 

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Please leave your tips and suggestions for decorating a co-worker’s workspace.

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #36: Institute Motivational Meeting Openers and Closers

Tip #36: Institute motivational meeting openers and closers.

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Open and/or close every meeting with something positive shared by an attendee.

Set a new tone for your meetings with one or two minutes of positive sharing.

So many meetings begin with complaints (“the traffic was terrible, I hate meetings, my kids are driving me crazy!”).

Set a new tone by opening and/or closing every meeting with something positive shared by an attendee. Let everyone know that if anyone wants to complain (outside the room), they may do so, but once the meeting starts and all are gathered around, the complaining must stop and start the meeting off with a high note of positive sharing!

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #35: Start a Club

Tip #35: Start a club

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Start a book, movie, show (or other) club and have monthly meetings to share with others.

By starting a club, you can build team spirit through shared interests.

Find out if there are avid readers, movie-goers, or some other avid hobbyists in your organization and form a club so they can share with each other – great resources, new shows, fun places to dine. Hold a lunch meeting each month to share great “finds” with each other.

Invite others to join the club – let them know they don’t have to actually do the activities to be part of the club… they just have to be interested in that activity.

 

Remember, you can also:

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #34: Give Your Team Surprise Time Off

Tip #34: Give your team surprise time off.

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Surprise them on a Friday afternoon with lunch out and the rest of the day off.

If your team has worked really hard on a project, reward them!

Surprise your team…

just to thank them for their hard work. What a tremendous gift of time to spending participating in their favorite hobbies, sharing time with friends and loved ones, and even spending time with a beloved pet!

Here’s an added fun bonus to doing this on a Friday afternoon: Hard workers will appreciate it after working all week and still coming in on Friday… and those who call in “sick” every Friday will miss out on the treat!

 

Remember, you can also:

Please leave your tips and suggestions for giving your team surprise time off – and other unexpected WOWs.

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #33: Bring in Home-Made Goodies

Tip #33: Bring in home-made goodies.

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Home-made snacks and specialty dishes from your culture are great ways to share traditions.

If someone likes your dish enough to ask for the recipe, share it!

Sharing your traditions is a great way to create new WOW experiences.

You can leave the goodies on your desk, on someone else’s desk, in the break room, or bring them to lunch. So many people don’t know how to cook nowadays, it will be an additional WOW to them that you can even do this.

And if someone asks you to share the recipe – please do it… even if it’s a “secret” family recipe. I had a neighbor once who made the greatest coffee cake I’ve ever tasted. But she would never share the recipe – and it was lost to everyone when she passed. What a shame!

So accept their request as the compliment it is – and share the love!

 

Remember, you can also:

Please leave your tips and suggestions for surprising your co-workers with home-made goodies. What special family treats do you share with others?

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #32: Do a Role Reversal

Tip #32: Do a Role Reversal

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Make or bring coffee, tea (or something else) to someone who usually brings it to you.

It’s a huge WOW when the tables are turned!

Performing a task for someone who usually has to provide it for you lets that person know you appreciate them and care enough to demonstrate it through this simple act.

The shock factor that exists in the humility and thoughtfulness of this action is a very nice surprise and a huge WOW!

 

Remember, you can also:

Please leave your tips and suggestions for reversing roles with someone and doing something nice (and completely unexpected) for them.

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #31: “I’ll Take Care of That for You!”

Tip #31: “I’ll take care of that for you!”

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Offer to run an errand or do a chore for someone else.

Give them the gift of “time!”

How often do we all get tired of seemingly having to take care of everything ourselves? What if someone took care of one or two things for us once in a while?

Think of what you can do for someone else to free them up when they’re overwhelmed or stressed out… or just do something for them that they really don’t like to do? Gas up their car? Go to the store? Pick up an item elsewhere? Cook a meal for them?

Can you perform that chore for them on one day? If it’s a continual chore, can you get a group of people together and ask a different person to volunteer to do it each day for a week? This will give the recipient an entire week’s break from that chore?

That’s a nice way to create a big WOW for someone!

 

Remember, you can also:

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #30: Wrap Up a Little Tchotchke Every Day for a Week and Leave it on a Co-Worker’s Desk

Tip #30: Wrap up a little tchotchke every day for a week and leave it on a co-worker’s desk.

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Inexpensive, fun, cute little items are great to receive – even more fun on consecutive days.

Candles, stuffed toys, candies and mints are all great items.

Be careful not to show “favoritism,” especially if you’re in a leadership position. But any kind of inexpensive but fun item can add enjoyment to someone’s day.

A series of items keeps the fun going all week! The anticipation builds each day as the person comes in and checks their desk to see what fun item is there that day. This creates a bit of excitement about coming to the office – an activity that doesn’t usually produce that effect.

You can wrap gifts individually, or here’s an idea: put them in little numbered train cars and add a car containing a gift each day! Or put an empty egg carton (cut it for just 6 eggs) on someone’s desk with a gift in one egg placeholder… and a note that says, “Leave this carton on your desk for another surprise tomorrow! Fill the placeholders each day until completed.

On the last day, include a little note to let them know it won’t continue forever (“Hope you had a fun week of surprises!”), so you don’t set an expectation that could result in disappointment the following day.

 

Remember, you can also:

Please leave your tips and suggestions for creating a WOW every day for an entire week.

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #29: Send Co-Workers a Daily, Weekly or Monthly Inspiring Message

Tip #29: Send co-workers a daily, weekly or monthly inspiring message

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Short quotes, photos, videos and other inspiring items sent via e-mail are usually welcome.

Don’t make them too long or people won’t read/view them.

Also, be careful not to send religious, political or other “controversial” humor that some find funny, while others find offensive. This is not a forum to share your personal “agenda” – but a method with which to inspire and uplift everyone.

A quick hit on a regular basis helps people appreciate your commitment to sharing inspiration and/or fun wherever you go.

People often comment on how many things I find. Well, I’m grateful that many people share things with me! Then I pick the best and share them with others.

Great sources include: Mel’s Videos (daily), YouTube, Quotes.com/Quotations.com and other sites.

 

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50 Ways to WOW Your Others – Tip #28: Create Funny Stuff

Tip #28: Create funny stuff

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Make light of a situation to prevent it from becoming too “heavy.”

Use public humor – rather than public scolding or accusation – to make a point.

At my sister’s workplace, one department started losing pencils by the boatload! They didn’t know who was taking them, but every time someone in that department went to get a pencil, there were none to be found.

Rather than issuing a stern notice accusing people and warning everyone to stop “stealing” pencils from the department, a very creative member of their department had the idea, the talent and the knowledge to produce a funny e-mail that featured this image!

Be sure to notice the picture of how the pencils looked when they were taken, and an “FBI age-enhanced” photo of what they might look like today! You even have a number to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Office Supplies: 1-800-YOU-CAN’T-BE-SERIOUS??

You never know who may have this same talent if you only look for ways to utilize it and make light of a potentially serious situation. By the way, the pencils stopped disappearing after this e-mail was distributed!

 

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Please leave your tips and suggestions for creating funny stuff that can make light of a tense situation.

 

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