Best of SUCCESS Office Antics

Pay no mind to the cackle of laughter coming from the next cubicle; research in the May 2012 SUCCESS magazine article suggests a little healthy diversion is good in the workplace.

If a little diversion is good, then a lot is great, right?

The times I’ve laughed hardest have been at work with my motley crue of co-workers. Somehow, it never translates by the time I get home and tell my husband about the funny movie line we quoted all day or the outrageous Photoshop image our designer created in one of our likenesses. But we think we’re hilarious.

Let us pull back the curtain of the SUCCESS office and share our top 5 favorite antics (or at least the ones that were safe to publish.)

1. SUCCESS Employee of the Year

Who nominates himself and campaigns for the spot of employee of the year? Our confident web designer Sam Watson, that’s who. He didn’t take home the title of employee of the year, but we think his comic book t-shirts deserve an honorable mention.  

2. The Lunch Council

There is no greater or longer standing tradition in the SUCCESS office than the Lunch Council. For years, members of the esteemed Lunch Council have convened on a daily basis to execute vital culinary decisions and the tradition continues today. Speaking of today, the Council is debating Chipotle or Taco Cabana.  

3. Office Birthday Parties

Like a scene from Seinfeld, where Elaine’s co-workers celebrate every birthday, holiday or sick day (“Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well…”), we at SUCCESS are a festive bunch that appreciates a good office party. For months, we let the birthday honoree decide what kind of cake they’d like for their party. That stopped, however, when someone requested flan. My favorite party, of course, was the one they threw for me. Small detail though–birthday girl need not be present. Apparently when I emailed the team that morning to tell them I was taking the day off, they got to work throwing a party without me. I hear it was a rager.  

4. Foursquare

Foursquare is more fun when you share common places with friends. Sure, you can check into your office building and become “mayor,” but where’s the creativity in that? Here at the SUCCESS office, you can check into the parking lot, the “donut table” or the haunted bathroom. If you’re ever in Lake Dallas, be sure to visit SUCCESS Media, cubicle 13–at the intersection of awesome and kick butt.  

Does your office have any quirky traditions or antics?


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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