Goodwill and easy rapport among colleagues — that's
camaraderie. Do you experience it at work?
We believe the strongest bonds of camaraderie come from three
- Acknowledge each other
- Acknowledge each other's work
- Say "thank you"
Taking a closer look, there are several more factors. To
build camaraderie, it's important to have:
- A sense of belonging where you work
- Acceptance for who you are
- Inclusion — "Make everyone an insider"
- Occasional fun events, planned to meet diverse interests
- Clear messages stating that all are welcome
- Understanding for those who don't choose to participate
- Good humor
Some very creative examples of camaraderie-building events
already exist on campus. Here are a few ideas:
A kite-flying day — the Benefits Office
A pre-game parking lot tailgate party — MAIS
A picnic (lots of examples!)
A quilting group — Fleming Building
A choral group — Business and Finance departments
Team sports — MAIS
Habitat for Humanity — Plant Operations
High school mentoring program — Hospitals and Health
Adopt-a-family — HR Organizational Effectiveness
Award department "trophies," serious or funny
On-line trivia contests
Laughter — it's about the most effective way there
is to relieve group tension. Humor is a free, natural tension-reliever.
Ideas for humor in the workplace abound. Check some of these
resources, and choose something to implement where you work:
You can also subscribe to newsletters about "humor
- Barreca, Regina. They Used to Call Me Snow White
. . . But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor.
New York, NY: Viking-Penguin, 1991.
- Blumenfeld, E., & Alpern, L. Humor at Work.
Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 1994.
- Kushner, Malcolm. The Light Touch. New York,
NY: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
- Morreall, John. Humor Works. Amherst, MA: HRD
Press, Inc., 1997.
- Paulson, Terry. Making Humor Work. Los Altos,
CA: Crisp Publishing, 1989.
- Weinstein, Matt. Managing to Have Fun. New
York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
Remember that GOOD humor often includes laughing at ourselves
— but it doesn't include laughing at others. And, good
humor is humor that's in good taste. Save off-color jokes