We're all curious about the future. Here at Office Playground we're especially curious about what we can expect our offices to look like. How will rapid technological advancement shape the way we work? Continue reading
Interview with the Slingshot Flying Monkey
We sat down with Office Playground's favorite monkey, Mr. Slingshot Flying, to learn more about how he feels about fame, fun, and living the good life. We translated the Slingshot Flying Monkey's responses from his native monkey language since he doesn't speak English very well. Let's start with the basics:
How long have you been with Office Playground?
I've been around for many years and I love it! You may have seen me around Office Playground as early as 2006.
Congratulations! That's over 10 years! How does it feel to be popular for so long?
I'm living the good life. I get to fly around the world, I help bring fun to millions, and I get to be the center of attention. I'm always in front of the camera since people just love taking videos of me.
Speaking about being in front of the camera, you recently had an exciting photo shoot. Could you tell us about that?
Oh, yes. A select group of office toys had their photos taken to be displayed as art at the Office Playground headquarters. It was such an honor to be a part of it. My photo is hanging on the same wall as the Koosh Ball. What can I say, it's the Koosh Ball! My photo looks amazing. I couldn't be happier about it.
You are certainly a very special monkey. What would you say is your best quality?
Besides my charming looks, I'd say my best quality is my impressive screaming voice. You can hear me scream every time I fly.
Your scream is quite impressive! Is flying scary? Is that why you scream?
It's never scary to fly. Flying is such a thrill! My scream is purely a sign of glee and excitement.
My best impression of your monkey call is ouu-eee-ahhh ouu-eee-ahh. Your fans are certainly are very curious to know its meaning. Does your famous monkey scream translate to English?
It might roughly translate to something in the human language, but I can't reveal all my secrets.
When you're ready to reveal the meaning of your monkey call, we'll be all ears. We hear you have a very admirable mission in life. How is that going?
I'm on a journey to end boredom and spread joy throughout the world. It's been extremely successful and rewarding, but it's never ending. I continue to spread my message daily.
What or who helps you accomplish this goal?
I couldn't do what I do without my fellow Slingshot Animals. We're like family. I have so many friends that help me out--there are too many to name!
Do you have a best friend?
The Relax Talking Stress Ball and I go way back. We definitely hit it off right from the start when we met in 2008. Now we travel around the world together... seeing all the sights and talking as soon as we reach our destination.
What would you say has been your greatest adventure?
Everything I do is a great adventure! I've been to companies of all kinds and homes all over the world. I've made appearances at several banks, schools, small businesses, non-profits, and many well-known companies. Some of my 'claim to fames' are several visits to an American telecommunications company in 2011, tours of a computer chip company in California, stops at a family company famous for its baby shampoo, many visits to a forward-thinking insurance company, and many more visits to one of the world's largest banks.
We're almost all out of time. Is there anything else that you'd like to tell your fans?
My mask and cape help hide my identity and support my mission, but my cape can help your mission too. My cape can be custom printed with your logo.
A printed cape? What a great idea!
We hope we could shed some light on our guest. The Slingshot Flying Monkey is a mysterious, but rather adorable caped crusader that simply wants to fly around the world and spread his message of fun. Until next time!
10 Ways to get Started on Mondays
Got a case of the Mondays? For some people, Mondays are the worst day of the week. Mondays are the furthest from the weekend, it's hard to get out of bed on a Monday morning, and Mondays mean another 5 days of mundane tasks. Mondays don't have to be as bad as you might think. If you do something fun the first thing on a Monday morning, you'll be excited and energized for a great start to the work week.
Are you ready for a happier Monday? Here are 10 "punny" ways to get your work week started (because Monday is Punday).
1. First, start with a clean slate.
Erase any mistakes from the week before and have a spotless start to your Monday.
Big Mistake Eraser
2. Be sure to get off on the right foot.
Put your best foot forward and establish a good beginning to the work week with any of these foot themed toys. Give one to your coworkers or employees to remind them you are looking forwarding to starting off on the right foot with them.
Finger Feet Foot Stress Toy Foot Calculator
3. Just take the first step.
Taking the first step is crucial for moving forward. When you take your first step, make a statement with these shoe themed accessories.
Wind Up Walking Sandals High Heel iPad Stand High Heel Tape Dispenser Pumped Up Phone Stand Inflatable Tennis Shoe Chair
4. Kick off your day.
Get started with a little game of Monday morning football.
Desktop Football Kit Mini Football Stress Ball - 5 inch Football Magnetic Sculpture
5. Set the ball rolling.
Here's the perfect stress ball for getting a rolling start.
Round Stress Ball - Blue Round Stress Ball - Purple Round Stress Ball - Orange
6. Get a jump start!
Jump ahead of your coworkers with jumping hoppers and poppers. They will jump in with you in a moment's notice.
Hip Hop Hopper Glitter Popper Toy Smiley Face Pop-Ups Glitter Ladybug Poppers
7. Take the plunge.
Like a plumber (if we're being literal) or a courageous astronaut, face your fears and take the plunge!
Plunge in like a plumber:
Toilet with Plunger Desktop Holder Toilet Coffee Mug Toilet Clock
Or, take the plunge like an astronaut:
Astronaut Ice Cream - Neapolitan Astronaut Fidget Toy Balancing Space Shuttle
8. This Monday, get off the ground.
How do you get off the ground? Start flying!
World's Smallest Helicopter Toy Remote Control Mini Flyer - Smiley
Or, these Anti-Gravity Mints are great for when you, or your breath, need a lift!
9. Then, why not hit the ground running?
If you can't get up in the air on a Monday morning, then get started by hitting the ground running. Do this with a burst of energy from a little exercise.
10. Start with a bang!
Take your morning coffee in a bold way.
Gun Coffee Mug - Silver Gun Coffee Mug - Black
When all else fails, go back to the drawing board.
Did someone say coloring books? (Someone did say drawing and that's close enough in our book.) Super Awesome
And when Monday is finally over, wind up your final thoughts and call it a day! Wind it all up with some wind up toys, of course!
Wind Up Chattering Teeth Flip-n-Spin Ladybug Wind Up Wind Up Snoozy the Snail Wind Up High Five Wind Up Flip Car All-Terrain
12 Coolest Offices Around the World
Inspiring office design is the foundation to a good company culture. If you want your employees to be brand ambassadors you should focus on creating a company culture that embodies the brand and empowers your employees. Employers know having the coolest offices is important to the health and happiness of employees. Continue reading
Play At Work, Play in Classrooms
You might be surprised to learn that our office toys are actually extremely popular in classrooms! Well, probably not shocked, because they are toys, after all, and our belief is that you should embrace your inner child at work. Continue reading
How do you welcome new hires? via GIPHY
You could give them a training manual and set them to work, but that isn't very welcoming. It's, well... a little boring too. New hires might be nervous and uneasy, but they're probably just as excited that they got the job.
Now they're ready to start something new!
Keep that excitement going with a fun and unique welcome tradition. According to an article on Inc.com, LinkedIn gives new hires a "swag bag" filled with goodies catered to their personal interests. Almost any company can do this simple gesture. Your welcome goodie bag could include essential office supplies, fun stress relief toys, and quirky office gifts. What you give depends on your organization or the new employee, but keep reading for ideas.
Why would it matter if my employee feels welcomed? Try to put yourself in your new hire's shoes. If they feel unwelcomed, unwanted or nonessential do you think they will be a motivated a productive employee for your company 5 years down the road? Will they even show up for a second day? If your new employees don't start off right, then you're not setting up them for success.
So, now you might be thinking,
"What can I put in my new hire gift bag? I have no idea where to begin!" Relax, and start with the basics. Your new hire will likely need some essential tools, such as office supplies if you work in an office. Make sure your new employees have a fun pen, a whimsical notebook, and a humorous coffee mug. Getting the basics down will make you and the company look good too. You'll be seen as organized and prepared and you'll be more than likely to earn respect from your new employees.
Next, it's time to get creative with your new hire gift.
If you already know the new employee's interests, you could tailor the items based on their favorite sport, favorite animal, favorite activities, favorite foods, or even their favorite movies. Then, you could take a gander at what sort of fun activities your new employees might want to do during breaks, to relieve stress, or to add a bit of fun to their day.
Still looking for new hire gift ideas? We've complied our top 10 employee welcome gifts, so you can create a fantastic new hire welcome kit.
1. Foot Stress Toy Give this to new employees to get them off on the right foot. Have coworkers sign it with welcoming and motivating messages. 2. Maze Pen Everyone could use a fun pen. The Maze Pen will remind your new employees they are A-Maze-ing! 3. Knock Knock Notepad - WTF Am I Doing Help new hires get a grip on their new responsibilities with this life-changing notepad. 4. Big Mistake Eraser New employees might make a mistake or two. Let them know in a friendly way that mistakes are OK. 5. Sorry Button After making their first big mistake, new employees might need to press this button. (Hopefully not too many times!) 6. Prescription Coffee Mug Keep your new employees alert! Give your new employees a prescription for some liquid energy. 7. Slingshot Flying Monkey Every workplace needs a Slingshot Flying Monkey! Plus, it's a reminder that it's OK to monkey around every now and then. 8. Welcome to My Cubicle Guest Book Your new employees can track cubicle visitors from day one! It's a great way for employees to get to know each other. 9. Mister Rogers' Encourage Mints Give your new employees a little encourage-mint and let them know they are doing a great job. 10. Keep Calm Cube Puzzle The Keep Calm Cube Puzzle is a metaphor for solving problems: if it can't be solved at first, remember to keep calm (and then carry on).
There are millions of people in the baby boomer generation ready to retire. Are you ready? Give your retiring employees a fun retirement gift and they'll be on their way to a life filled with relaxation, entertainment, travel, indulgence, reading, and enjoyment. Office Playground's selection of retirement gifts definitely fulfill a few of these aspects of retirement.
Why give retirement gifts?
Managers, CEOs, and coworkers may want to celebrate their employee or coworker's retirement. With the retirement day fast approaching, a coworker may want to give a retiring coworker a retirement gift out of sentiment, kindness, or due to a friendship. Managers and company owners may give retirement gifts for similar reasons, but things like company culture and employee retention also come into play. If a manager gives a retirement gift of office toys, it shows a fun and upbeat company culture. If the gift is well thought out, retirement gifts show other employees that their managers actually care! (We could touch on how this increases employee motivation, but that's another topic.)
Retirement Themed Gifts
MY RETIREMENT COUNTDOWN TIMER For the employee who recently announced their retirement and still has a couple weeks to go, give the 'My Retirement Countdown Timer'. Pre-retirees will look forward to seeing their countdown until retirement down to the last second. RETIRE MINTS What are a retiree's favorite type of candy? Answer: Retire Mints! Retire Mints will add a burst of minty freshness to your retiring employee's day. RETIRED PARKING PERMIT Once an employee retires, make it official with the Retired Parking Permit. This retirement bonus gives pass holders with the privilege to park anywhere they choose. (Of course, the Retired Parking Permit is a novelty item and it does not actually provide the freedom to park anywhere.)
Depending on the retiree's interests, you could assemble a care package full of goodies related to their favorite hobby. Here are a handful of hobby related categories (just to name a few):
Coloring Books Golf Puzzles Science TV & Movies
After a lifetime of hard work, celebrate your retiree's final days of work with pampering office health toys. Your employee or coworker will appreciate head massagers, hand massagers, and hot/cold packs. But, don't think that hot/cold packs are just for injuries and tired muscles: retirees can simply enjoy the relaxing warmth of a heated hot pack anytime they so desire.
If your retiree has a great sense of humor and if you think he/she would laugh at a few jokes related to getting older, then a selection of Gag Gifts & Toys could make an entertaining retirement gift. Here, we can start out with a few of our favorite old age gag gifts, and check out the Gag Gifts category for more ideas.
Wind Up Chatter Teeth Age Eraser Fart Sound Button Fart in a Can Urine Sample Noise Putty
Now, you have a wide variety of retirement gift ideas for your employees and coworkers. Share your thoughts: what kinds of retirement gifts would you enjoy?