Lately I have had to undertake the unpleasant managerial task of banning certain office activities. Specifically I have passed on the rule (from the Tech Dept) that watching streamed videos from the internet is not allowed. Also I have intimated at certain habits that are frowned upon, such as spending all night playing online poker on a machine not connected to the network but with an adsl connection.
A couple of the less technologically understanding staff have kicked up a huge fuss about this and have asked what can they do to keep themselves sane during their [12 hr unsociable hours] shifts. I have already suggested many things they ARE allowed to do (online flash games, portable games machines, TV, DVD player, books, sensible internet sites such as MBs, etc)
The reason for this thread is to ask for ideas for recreational activities within an office environment that might not have occured to me. I have asked the staff to submit their own ideas but they are notorious for ignoring email requests for opinions.
Factors to consider are: most of them are young (19-22) most are male. they work three 12 hr shifts a week. They work in a call center taking bets over phones. They are on the Isle of Man so already have a terrible mindset that they don’t need to pull their weight because jobs are aplenty.