How To Enjoy Fall With An Indoor Job

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“Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.”

~ David Letterman

Time for fall!

It’s fall, which means it is time to pull out those flannel shirts, cozy sweaters, leggings, jeans, and boots. It’s also time to watch the leaves change color while sipping on warm apple cider and/or pumpkin spice lattes. The air becomes crisp and the smell of cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin swirl around you like an all-consuming hurricane. The joy of summer may be leaving, but the amazing fall is just beginning. And, guess what? It has its own magic attached to it.

Stuck indoors?

But, what if you are stuck indoors – working, instead of playing in the fallen leaves and autumn weather? Can you still experience the splendor of fall – while at work? Absolutely! There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the festive fall season at your job! There’s no reason you can’t have some fun, while still maintaining your productivity and professionalism at work. Did you know that team-building exercises and work celebrations can help improve quality and productivity at work? Well, it’s true!

So, use this time and reason to celebrate the fall season at work!

Celebrate and enjoy fall!

According to a study on workplace practices and performance, employers who invest in team-building exercises have happier, more productive employees than those who rarely permit these exercises during work hours. Thus, celebrating fall is a good way to boost both morale and productivity at the office!

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You can learn more about “fall workplace activities” and “fun things to do indoors” by reading the following articles, reviewed to be the best by our professionals: 12 Activities to Keep Your Workforce Engaged through Fall, How to Enjoy an Autumn Season Indoors, My Annual Autumn Affair: 10 Tips for Enjoying the Fall, 12 Things to Do This Autumn, and 5 Surprising Ways Autumn Will Affect Your Workplace Performance.


Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte on your way to work

Another great way to enjoy fall with an indoor job is to grab a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks on your way to work. Starbucks only offers these fall-inspired drinks once a year, so it’s important to grab one while they last. Sipping on one of these delicious lattes is one of the best perks of the fall season, and it’s bound to put you in a very good mood and increase your productivity (Hello caffeine and sugar!). Can’t get much better than that, right?
And, if you are feeling especially generous, you can pick up this latte for your closest co-workers too, so you can all partake in this festive fall indulgence! But, if Starbucks is just not in your budget, well plenty of “mom and pop coffee shops” also offer the beloved pumpkin spice latte, so grab one of those instead.
Not a fan of coffee and/or pumpkin? Well, that’s okay too, because warm apple cider is also a fall staple you can enjoy during this cool, crisp season!


Have a costume contest

A fun way to enjoy fall with an indoor job is to have an office costume contest. Ask the powers-that-be if they will ease-up on the dress code for a day and allow you and your co-workers to have a work-appropriate Halloween costume contest.
Select five employees who do not plan to “dress up” to be the judges of various costume categories like: “Best Superhero Costume,” “Most Creative Costume,” “Silliest Costume,” “Best Ensemble Costume,” “Most Frightening Costume,” and “Best Duo Costume.” The prizes? Bragging rights and gift cards, of course!
What a great way to bond with co-workers and have a lot of fun at the same time.
A team-building activity like a Halloween costume contest improves workplace performances because it helps employees better understand each other’s strengths and weakness. And, because these employees know each other on a more in-depth level, they can help one another complete projects and tasks by the deadline.


Bring fall inside your workplace

Can’t get out and enjoy the fall season? That’s cool – just bring it inside of your workspace! It’s always fun to decorate during different seasons, especially during holiday seasons, so why not put some festive fall decorations up in your office or cube. So, take a trip to your local craft store and pick up some fall-inspired decorations – i.e. wreaths, turkey figurines, fresh or ceramic pumpkins, pinecones, fake orange and brown leaves, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla or fall-smelling fragrant plug-ins, etc., and spruce up your workspace, so it resembles a fall wonderland.
It will not only put you in the fall spirit, but also improve your co-workers’ moods!


Have Halloween and Thanksgiving potluck lunches

Get into the holiday spirit by having Halloween and Thanksgiving potluck lunches. Everyone likes to eat, especially during work hours, so ask your boss if you can organize potluck lunches for the department. Enlist support and help from your fellow co-workers, and then set-up a fall-inspired potluck lunch for everyone.
Create a sign-up sheet, so people can put down what they are going to bring. And, ask co-workers to bring in traditional “fall foods” like green beans, apple pie, apple cider, turnip greens, pumpkin casserole, pecan pie, caramel cake, buttered rolls or biscuits, iced tea, macaroni and cheese, turkey and dressing, squash, etc. Also, ask your co-workers to bring in fall-inspired decorations – i.e. pinecones, pumpkins, etc. for it, so it will feel like fall at work.
If you want to make the Halloween potluck lunch spookier, ask everyone to bring in a Halloween-inspired dishes or beverages. For instance, Bat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Candy Apples with Gummy Worms, or Cheesy Spiders. P.S. Don’t forget the fall-themed mock cocktails!

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Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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