Monday, July 14, 2008

Wii While You Work

WG1 and I would like to apologize. We know. We've been delinquent bloggers. We blame this on a few things: the summer weather, our love of the Jersey Shore, and the fact that we're moving at the end of the month and are soon to be homeless (and just an fyi if you live in the Hoboken area and need a mattress, couch, dresser, etc. let us know as we are selling all our shiznit). So in short we apologize. 

Now back to our regular scheduled programming. 

A few weeks ago, I opened Outlook to find an e-mail that had been sent to the entire company announcing that The CEO had bought Wii (yes, I repeat Wii). Originally our new Wii was to be used exclusively that Friday when the e-mail had been sent out. However, after much persuasion, The CEO has decided to let our new Wii system live in the large conference room to be available for after-hours, break times, and as a stress reliever. 

I have heard rumors of companies that will do things like this for their employees - like a lot of movie production companies have Guitar Hero or ping pong tables so waiting clients have something to do while waiting for their materials and I've heard that Google has a skating ramp so employees can take their scooters and skateboards for a joy ride when stressed. I guess I just never thought my company (one that barely lets us expense cab rides) would man up and purchase something totally and completely fun that had absolutely nada to do with anything corporate related. 

I have to admit that the Wii has already started to bring us co-workers closer. For instance, last Friday I played a quick game of tennis with some of the new tech guys. And while I'm sure they probably won't ask me for another game in the near future (let's just say I have yet to master the Wii backhand or forehand for that matter), I do know that I've made some new friends all because of our new entertainment system. And I now know that our Senior VP is super competitive (aka do not engage in a game of bowling with him...ever). 

And Wii is pretty great with stress relieving. One round of baseball after a bad conference call last week and I was good to go for my next grueling meeting. 

Despite all of Wii's positives, my next order of business is bugging The CEO into getting Rock Band for the office. Because my guitar solos are insanely spectacular and I sure would love to hear The Boss rock out to "Roxanne".  

18 comments:

Tricia said...

My workplace has an XBox - it brings the "male" co-workers together, I've never played it.

Lauryn said...

That's so funny! I work at Best Buy right now while I'm waiting to finish school, so I see a million Wiis come through but I rarely get to play one myself.

Thanks for adding me on Twenty-Somethings! I'm fascinated by your much more glamorous life since you're in the field I'm studying, and in a much more exciting city!

Andrea said...

If he decides to buy RB, let me know and I'll show him how to rock out on drums while singing "Black Hole Sun"

Steph Corwin said...

That's funny, my work just started doing Wii tournaments on Fridays, and it has been a big success. It really does bring everyone together and gets a little competition in.

Athena said...

I want a wii at work... But that does sound excellent.
And good luck with moving and all that!

Lauren said...

Oh am I envious! I'd love to have a Wii in my office.

...and to see my boss Wii bowling.

thatShortChick said...

color me jealous!!!

and oh the jersey shore how i miss thee...get a few rays in at belmar or bradley for me :-)

Alexandreena said...

Oh! Thanks for the idea! We so need a Wii at my office. I shall champion this acquisition starting first thing tomorrow!

Ginger said...

Wii love to play at work too :)

Yay for marketing/advertising people!

I hope your company provides booze for you on Fridays too... everybody needs a release!

Lolita said...

Wii is so much fun!!! Good luck!:)

Great Gifts said...

Wii at work? No way.. although I think it may be more productive if they did.

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Faustina said...

This is too awesome to comprehend fully! I don't think I could opperate very well in a workplace with a Wii then again...lol

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alex said...

Our group at work is going to play mini-golf this week and I thought that was cool. I kick ass on Wii so we need one of those at work too!

F.Cordoba said...

Loved your blog it was funny! I just wish my work place would add something similar... we have nothing to do but turn the lights off in our break room and fall asleep if anything, and even that is not a good idea cuz then you wake up even more tired...lol

I'm Just Me said...

I love that I have stumbled on to your blog- very funny and great topics. I work for one of the BEST companies in my field and consider myself to be super lucky to be here. We have a DDR, massage chair, yoga stuff, and office parties just because. I am totally going to bring up an office Wii to the powers that be!

motivated said...

Thank God my job does not have one. there is a tv in the cafeteria and the women watching their soaps are so loud screaming and laughing I stopped eating in there lol!