Sometimes technology can be your friend. Sending emails, visiting websites, searching for something on Google, and being always connected with a smartphone are now a part of our everyday lives. We use technology more than you might think. But... what happens when technology turns against you? What if your internet goes down during the workday and it's essential to your business? You might have some sort of backup system, but... What happens when the backup internet fails or maybe you don't have backup internet. While the hard working IT folks scramble to resolve the issue as fast as they can, what are you to do? We've put together a list of 10 ways to keep busy at work when the internet goes down.
1. Take a break If it's nearing your lunch time or if you haven't taken a 10 minute break in while, this is the perfect opportunity. On your break, you might take a short walk outside, grab a snack, or play a game of monkeys in a barrel.
2. Talk to coworkers Take the opportunity to get away from your desk and talk to someone. Are you at a loss when it comes to small talk? You could talk about the internet going down. If that topic doesn't start an interesting conversation, then you might ponder where the Slingshot Flying Monkey likes to go on vacation.
3. Create a tower of ______ What items can you stack in your workplace? Books are too easy. Can you create a tower with pens and pencils? How about binder clips, magnetic stones, or foam toy cows? Think outside of the box! Get together with teams and turn tower building into a team building and problem solving exercise.
4. Write secret messages to your coworkers Head to the water cooler or the bathroom and stick a note in a very noticeable place. When your coworkers walk away from their desk, leave a note just for them. Your note might be something awesome, an exciting fact, a pending to-do item, or an interesting conversation.
5. Start a battle Start a friendly office battle with foam disc shooters. Surprise your fellow coworkers by sending a few random foam discs over their way. Once they're noticed, had them their own disc shooter and swiftly take action! (Target practice with a foam dart shooter is a great alternative.)
6. Create a putty masterpiece The possibilities are endless with putty and clay. You could mold clay into a miniature version of your favorite animal. Or, gather a few coworkers and make a grand work of putty art on the break room table.
7. Hold a meeting Is everyone too busy to get together for that brainstorming meeting? Well, now everyone has the time. To keep your meetings organized and upbeat, check out our silly pens and meeting toys.
8. Host a wind up toy race Someone in the office is bound to be a wind up toy collector. Ask to borrow their wind ups and have each person pick their favorite to win. We hosted our own wind up toy race, so we can offer a tip or two. If you have a wide selection of wind ups, select the ones that walk or hop in a straight line (test them out first or watch our wind up toy videos). Then, set some ground rules: pick your start and finish lines and decide if participants are allowed to touch and re-wind up their toy again.
|Wind Up Chattering Teeth||Wind Up Farm Animal||Wind Up Wild Animal||Wind Up Crab||Wind Up Chicken|
9. Write or update your to-do list Get out an old fashioned pen and paper and write it down! To help you get organized, grab your favorite notepad. Depending on your style, you might need to get your s**t together, figure out WTF you're doing, or plan out your entire week.
10. Go home If your work depends on the internet and it's going to be down for a significant portion of time, it might be the most practical to send employees home for the day. If you offer employees the ability to work from home, this would be the most practical option. Don't have employees waste time doing nothing--let them have the rest of the day off where they can relax as they please.