Fun Easter Ideas for the Office: I've Been Hopped!
Be a Bunny Buddy
Some of you may already be familiar with an activity called "elfing" or "jingling" that has become popular in many offices during the holiday season. At my office, we decided to add a new holiday game, and it has been a big hit. We now "hop" co-workers at the office in the early part of Spring. I am happy to share the details with you so you can start a new tradition at your job.
From Jingling to Hopping
We started jingling co-workers a few years ago, and many employees enjoyed it. Then we discussed how we did so much during the Christmas holiday season, but nothing during the Easter holiday season. Well, that needed to change. We used the same concept to create this Easter event. If you are concerned about the political correctness of calling it an Easter activity, you can simply refer to it as a Spring activity like we do.
We have participated in this activity for a couple of years now, and it has evolved quite a bit. We now call all participants "Bunny Buddies." When we place gifts on someone's desk, it is called "hopping" that person. The concept is very simple.
The Rules of Hopping
The rules of being a Bunny Buddy are very simple:
- During the first week of March, someone posts a message on an employee announcement board or sends an email to all staff members asking about participation. Everyone that wants to "hop" responds back—usually within about a week.
- After all the names of the participants have been gathered, the names are written on small sheets of paper and put in a basket. Each person draws a name, and that is the person to "hop" sometime within a specified amount of time. Since Easter is the last day in March this year, we are hopping the entire month of March.
- You basically become a Bunny Buddy to someone at your office once you draw that person's name. Until you decide to hop that person, you must keep the name a secret. Once you do "hop" him or her, you reveal your name at that time. There is usually a card or a bunny sign you can place on that person's desk with a message saying, "You've been hopped by _______." It is just that easy to do!
Some offices may opt to change the rules a bit. For instance, one of my friends has an activity similar to this during the Christmas season. A "Secret Snowflake" places cute gifts on someone's desk throughout the month of December. It is not just a one-time event. At the end of December, that person leaves his or her name on the desk with the very last gift. It would be easy to do the same as a Bunny Buddy, too.
Pros and Cons of the Bunny Hop
The best aspects of being a Bunny Buddy are that it is not expensive and it is not difficult to do. Since you usually have an entire month to surprise your buddy, there is no pressure to buy everything at once or perform the surprise on a specific date. It is intended to be a low-stress activity for this very reason.
The goal of hopping someone is to brighten that person's day. You need not buy expensive gifts. No one expects gift cards or anything too pricey. Also, making a gift is certainly acceptable. For instance, baking a cake is a wonderful treat!
We did discover at our office that men are not as inclined to be a Bunny Buddy. Easter items tend to have a lot of pastel colors, and bunnies are apparently "too girly," so for some strange reason, the fellows at my office just are not that interested in participating. If possible, try to make the activity seem as appealing as possible for everyone at your office, but don't be surprised if guys are not as excited to participate. This year, we have 17 Bunny Buddies . . . all 17 are women!
You may be wondering what type of items are a good idea for a Bunny Hop. I can tell you, there are many pleasant Easter items and Spring-related items that will appeal to just about anyone (even guys!), and it is fun to share them.
Some suggestions for a hopping great gift are:
Stuffed animals, like bunnies, chickies, etc.
Baked goods like brownies or cake
Plastic eggs filled with treats
Easter bucket with candy
Shower gels and lotion
Pastel stationery items
. . . and much more!
Hop to It!
Now that you've gotten all the information about hopping your co-workers, what are you waiting for? It is time to hop to it and see if others are interested in participating. It is a fun way to create a friendly work atmosphere. It is also a fairly stress-free activity. You might find you want to do this event every year. Hope you enjoy it, and happy Easter!
© 2013 Jeannie Marie