There's a group of people who volunteer to be on the Spotlight Squad. They collect nominations all month long of people going above and beyond their normal duties. Yes, they're just doing their jobs... but they're winning the day because they did something that made a difference to their co-workers.
Once a month, the Spotlight Squad names a winner--this month, our winner was photojournalist Mike Soe. Susan Siman read a great quote about him in front of our newsroom, and he got to pick out a gift certificate to some place cool.
We also take the time to celebrate the folks celebrating a work anniversary or a birthday. We all bring something for a potluck and celebrate essentially ALL DAY LONG. starting with the morning show! We also hand out little treats for all the folks who were nominated.
We're only on month 2, but it has been a ton of fun! I highly recommend doing something like this at your workplace. IF you already DO, then I'd love to hear what you've got going on! We're always looking for ideas.
Work life is so important. We all have families and friends, but respecting and liking your co-workers makes a world of difference.
OH and my favorite potluck item came from Kathy R. from operations... they were these awesome pancake muffins she found on Pinterest, which I repinned! They are sweet and savory with maple syrup and deliciousness. You've got to make them for your next big breakfast!