March Madness: How to Have Fun at Work (Even During Tax Season)

Everyone loves Bob from Accountemps. He knows how to get the best out of colleagues and understands that we all need a bit of lighthearted fun — especially during busy times — to recharge our minds and bodies.

But the benefits don't end there.

In a happy, relaxed work environment, you can build better rapport with your coworkers and more easily defuse tension. 

A sense of humor also can help your career. Seventy-nine percent of chief financial officers said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into the company's corporate culture, according to an Accountemps survey. Here are some suggestions to help you keep your sense of humor and have fun at work during the madness that is tax season:

Engage in Extracurricular Activities

Organize activities outside the office to foster solidarity, and try to involve as many people as possible. When you spend time with colleagues away from work, you get to know them not just as fellow employees — but as people. The relationships you build through fun activities often translate into better collaboration at work.

The possibilities are endless. A few off-site ideas include free concerts or shows, bowling, miniature golf, sporting events and old standbys such as company picnics or an office happy hour.

Set Up a "Fun Committee"

Ask management if you and your coworkers can organize activities during this hectic tax season. Everyone is busy, so you won’t want to go overboard, but think outside the box to come up with events at the office. The fun doesn’t need to be time consuming or elaborate. For example, work in a potluck dinner, have an accounting-themed scavenger hunt or maybe even a goofy "Office Olympics," which might include audit report binding competitions and calculator computing matches.

Jump into a Different Sort of March Madness

As accounting and tax professionals, our March Madness centers on the income tax deadline. To sports fans, March Madness means the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Despite the piles of paperwork you're facing, you and your colleagues don’t have to miss out on the hoopla.

If you have a local team in the tourney, organize a group of employees to watch the game after work. Talk to your employer about the business benefits of March Madness at work, and discuss the idea of a tournament bracket contest with small prizes. If that's against company policy, simple bragging rights are attractive to most people. You'll be amazed at how much fun bracket predictions and game results can generate.

These are just a few ways to have more fun at work. What have you and your colleagues come up with to ease the madness of tax season?

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