Alan Pearcy wrote this post.
Theme days in the workplace can be the corporate equivalent of leaving the cat at home to watch the fish--not the end of the world, but given the right circumstances it could be a disaster.
Inspired by a post on MyRagan in which communicators shared actual examples of theme days gone awry, here are five days you may--or may not--want to work from home.
1. Leon Day. That's Noel spelled backwards. Get it? A MyRagan member's company celebrates it on June 25. "We try to be as opposite from Christmas possible, so all the gifts have to be used and from your home," the MyRagan member explained. Maybe a bit sacrilegious, but people are too prudish as it is. I would go as far as to say it's not so much the anti-Christmas, but more of a "Festivus for the rest of us" sort of vibe.
2. Rubik's Cube Day. This is one of those morale-builder kind of things. Everyone starts in teams/departments represented by a certain color. By the end of the day, you have to have worked you way through the workplace, meeting and conversing with at least one person from each of the other departments. Punch. Me. Now.
3. Halloween. While not an odd theme, it does shed some light on who you have sitting cattycorner from your cubicle. Much like the candy that people hand out, you can tell a lot about a person from the costume he or she wears. Are they more Tootsie Roll or more Sour Patch Kids? Trick or treat?
4. Decade Day. For the corporation facing a generational gap among employees, people come dressed from the decade they grew up in, offering stories from their past in an effort to unite the company as a whole. It could be fun, unless you have to hear stories from the close-talker in accounting--you know, the one with the bad breath. Ack.
5. Nude Fridays. A cheeky MyRagan-ite mentioned this one (in jest, no doubt), but should your office have such a liberating work environment, I'd see about working from home on Fridays. [Ed. note: This last item was edited to indicate that it was meant as a joke.]