It’s the middle of August; the sun is shining, and half the population seems to be on holiday. We don’t know about you, but this has felt like a pretty slow week to us. So we thought we’d offer up some suggestions as to how you can make the most of this quiet period if you are still in the office....
Introduce team activities: One way of keeping up team morale during downtime is to get everyone involved in a new exercise. Here, Gareth leads David Brent and another denizen of The Office in a rousing rendition of the Muppets theme tune – although beware of negative team members like Tim (who seems reluctant to join in).
Experiment with new approaches: Ever have those days when it feels like you’ve seen everything a million times before? In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is forced to re-live the same day over and over again, waking up every morning to the dulcet tones of Sonny & Cher. As well as experimenting with new ways to commit suicide, seduce local women, become a piano virtuoso and win the heart of his producer, he also finds new ways to smash up his alarm clock…
Get to know your colleagues: When things are slow in the office, it can be a good chance to build relationships with your fellow team members. In this clip from Pulp Fiction, hitmen Vincent and Jules debate everything from TV pilots to foot massages on their way to carry out a job. Discussing banalities is clearly a good way to relax before the challenges ahead (warning: some typically fruity Tarantino language)
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