Inspiring Workplaces: It's Time to Celebrate the Highlights

Published: Wed, 12/20/23

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Inspiring Workplaces 
The Way Work Ought to Be!
ISSUE 1,002 - Dec. 20, 2023
    It's Time to Celebrate the Highlights

As 2023 draws to a close, take the time to celebrate and review the year that was. Here's a quick and simple framework to use with your team or family.

Have everyone share: 

1. Their top 3 successes/highlights/wins of the year.
2. The top 3 things they are most grateful for. 
3. The top 3 things they are looking forward to in 2024.

If you have more time for the extended play version, then here are some additional questions to toss into the review salad: 
  • If you could summarize the year in just one word, what word would you use?
  • What's the biggest obstacle you overcame this year?
  • What is something you tried or did that scared you at the time?
  • What are you most proud of from the last year? 
  • What new skill did you learn this year?
  • What was one thing you learned about yourself this year?
  • Who made a real positive difference in your life?
  • What surprised you the most this last year?
  • Who inspired you the most this past year?
  • What was your favorite book, movie, or TV show from the past year?

I wish you all a safe, healthy, happy, joyous and humor-filled holiday season and all the best of the best for 2024! 
    Mike's Fun at Work Tip
Encourage everyone to post their #1 highlight, win, positive memory, or funny memory from 2023 on a virtual or actual celebration board, and/or use this as a meeting icebreaker. You can also have everyone write theirs down and submit it in a jar, then randomly read the submissions and have everyone guess who wrote which submission (or just read them). 
    Quote of the Week

"Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one's fellow human beings." Maya Angelou
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January 2: World Introvert Day and Happy Mew Year for Cats
January 5: Whipping Cream Day
January 7: Bobblehead Day
January 8: Show and Tell Day at Work
January 9: Poetry at Work Day
January 11: Learn Your Name in Morse Code
January 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day
January 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 15: Thank Your Mentor Day
January 18: Get To Know Your Customers Day
January 19: Popcorn Day
January 20: Cheese Lovers Day
January 21: International Sweatpants Day
January 22: Answer Your Cat's Question Day
January 24: Belly Laugh Day/Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
January 26: Fun at Work Day
January 27: Fruitcake Toss Day
January 28: Kazoo Day
January 29: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
January 30: Inane Voice Mail/Answering Machine Message Day
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