Whether you like it or not, office cubicles are here to stay in the corporate world. Not only do used cubicles impart a well-aligned professional look to your office, they help you save space and accommodate more employees within the available limited area. They may look drab and boring with their uniform color and design but with some imagination, you can transform the pre-fabricated cookie-cutter cubicles into well designed work areas and also infuse vibrancy into the daily routine of your employees.
Organize contests on dolling up used cubicles
Cubicle designing contests are a good way of bringing in some enthusiasm into your employees and take their minds off the tedium of daily work. You can have an annual contest on a particular day or you may come up with fun ideas suited to particular festivities or occasions throughout the year like for 4th of July, Halloween, New Year or even April Fool’s Day. Such lighthearted rivalry forges camaraderie and brings out hidden talents which can even be useful to your organization some day.
Before you go overboard with ideas, there are some practical things to keep in mind. Office hours are for serious work and preparations for the contest can take up most of your employees’ time; leaving serious work unattended. To avoid such situations, circulate emails to all workers informing them beforehand of the competition, theme, deadlines, decorative guidelines and preparations hours. It would help them to plan their day suitably so that they can easily juggle between important work and the upcoming competition. Better still; mark out specific time like one hour after lunch or an hour before actual office time begins when the employees can work on their preparations. This would help in avoiding unpleasant situations when serious work overlaps with fun activities.
Declare attractive incentives to ensure all-round participation
If you are organizing a used cubicle decoration contest, you would naturally want 100 percent participation. An incentive, whether in cash or kind, goes a long way in ensuring just that. While cash is always welcome other rewards can be in the form of discount coupons, gift certificates, ‘leave office early’ permits or tickets to a much-awaited event in your office area. Small mementos inscribed with the winner’s name and details of the contest are another good way of acknowledging the creative prowess of the deserving employee. Apart from the winning award, hand out small gifts to the runners up.
Settle for a scoring method beforehand
Determine a scoring method after taking into consideration all the parameters and limitations. Discuss with senior employees or with somebody experienced in drawing up scoring scales. For this particular contest, you can have parameters like creativity, cost, adherence to the theme, cohesion with office décor, neatness, innovative ideas, recycling of used items and simplicity. More may not be merrier within the office and overdone used cubicles would definitely make your office look more like a carnival area rather than a well-decorated professional office.
Lastly, select an impartial and experienced judge for the used cubicle decoration contest. To ensure neutrality in judging the participants, form a panel of two or three senior employees to judge the cubicles. With a scoring scale to guide you, it should not be difficult to mark the used cubicles on the different parameters and select the winner. Used Cubicles