It’s not uncommon to find someone taking a brain break playing our Simpsons Pinball machine or engaging in creative feats of Nerf derring do. (Pro tip: Playing William Tell with an apple on the head and a Nerf Hatchet ends better than scooter jousting using Nerf Broadswords.) Sometimes we take old toy helicopter motors, coffee stirrers, plastic toy camels, and bouncy balls and turn them into a whirling circus act, complete with circus theme music. And on special occasions, we turn programmer Dan Fisch’s cubicle into a cardboard house or a tropical beach locale.
Now, using my amazing predictive mind powers, I will answer your next question: We do actual work all the time. The brilliant thing about Matrix Group is the understanding that while we play hard, it allows us to work hard as well. Staying late to fill a kiddie pool with 30 lbs of lemon Jell-O or convening on the week-end to build a Moai head out of papier mâché allows the whole staff to come together, bringing together new business and developers, designers and network administrators, building camaraderie while undertaking our tongue-in-cheek projects. Our brief bursts of Nerf warfare and Simpsons Pinball allow us to step away from a difficult problem, rest, reset and return with a better perspective.
What kinds of things do you do to build camaraderie and get a better perspective at work?
P.S. — 30 lbs makes A LOT of Jell-O. We still have 20 lbs leftover. Please someone, take all of this Jell-O.