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While you were sighing about the lack of teabags in your office’s kitchen, these people were crafting a festive workplace of dreams.
Workers at Viking (the company that supplies office stationery, a fact that will become important imminently) have surprised their colleagues by transforming their office into a giant 247 square metre maze entirely themed around Christmas.
Their magical creation includes scenes of the North Pole, an elf workshop, Bavarian log cabins, an enchanted forest, and – the cherry on top – a meeting room turned into a snowball pit (like a ball pit, but made to look like snow) with 31,000 balls.
Now, before you grumble at your coworkers for not doing the same, it’s important to note that all this work was created primarily with cardboard boxes, of which they used 1,152.
Remember how we said the fact they work for Viking is relevant to this story? Viking sells cardboard boxes. So not only do they have access to quite the supply of materials, but those little elves wouldn’t have got in trouble for wasting company time or using up all the office supplies – especially because the marketing execs then got to use the festivities as a nice little PR boost, promoting Viking as a fun workplace with suitably sturdy cardboard boxes.
Also, the small group of twelve staff responsible created the maze in ten hours of their own time over the weekend, so they didn’t even get away with dossing about on company time.
To those employees we say this: If you weren’t in on the marketing potential of this stunt from the get-go, tasked with turning your office into a giant advert for cardboard, wake up, sheeple. You’ve been used.
And to anyone thinking ‘ugh, I wish my workplace would let us have a giant maze’, remember that true power and freedom isn’t playing with cardboard boxes then staying late to make up for the time you weren’t working, but in being able to make mazes in your own time, whenever you choose.
But on a cheerier, less anti-capitalism note, the resulting maze did seem to be a lot of fun.
People who weren’t in on the project arrived in the office on Monday morning to be surprised by a maze awaiting them.
They then had to navigate their way to their desks, which sounds both fun and immensely agitating. We do hope everyone was given time to grab coffee first.
When they eventually arrived at their desks, each little section had been given its own theme, such as Bavarian log cabins or the North Pole.
And then, of course, there was the meeting room turned into a ballpit.
Once all the fun was had, all of the decoration was carefully disassembled so everything could be reused.
Bob Huibers, Marketing Executive at Viking said: ‘With the dark nights and cold winter setting in, a group of our employees approached us with a plan to do something to help keep up morale in our office.
‘The idea for a giant maze is often the thing of fantasy, so we were absolutely blown away by their creativity when they showed us plans for the maze and didn’t hesitate in supporting them in making it a reality for our wider workforce.
‘The reactions of employees as they entered work on Monday was a sight to behold. The maze made a great talking point for staff throughout the day, giving something for the team to gel over. Plus, it was a great way to spark creativity – what better way than by holding a meeting in a ball pit!’
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