window sign encouragement
December 12, 2018 6:21 AM   Subscribe

I have teammates that are stuck in a boardroom for 4 days, listening in on what basically amounts to a 4 day long conference call where they are basically expected to just listen in quietly and are only there in case there happens to be a question. Needless to say they aren't having a super fun week. I want to stick encouraging and/or funny messages on the boardroom window to help cheer them up and break the boredom a bit. What funny things messages should I write?

Very high level details, they are a bunch of BAs (business analysts), the clients they are on the call with are across Canada, we're all I.T. Consultants. Our office christmas party is tomorrow, so maybe some play on that could be good.

Signs can be general encouragement, puns, christmas/winter related, etc. Just nothing client bashing.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Grab Bag (11 answers total)
Buy a dartboard. Put the call on mute and let them throw darts while they listen.
posted by trbrts at 6:56 AM on December 12, 2018

"Margaritas in the break room!"

---5 minutes later---

"Sorry! All gone!"
posted by hydrophonic at 7:10 AM on December 12, 2018 [3 favorites]

I wonder if coloring books and colored pencils might help? That way they can be doing something to stave off utter boredom, while still listening to the call.
posted by sarcasticah at 7:38 AM on December 12, 2018 [10 favorites]

What if you put up riddles or mind benders, then replaced them periodically with the answers and new ones?
posted by LKWorking at 7:52 AM on December 12, 2018 [11 favorites]

My coworker used to be obsessed with animal facts. He’d walk in like- WHAT ANIMAL CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PAINTINGS OF PABLO PICASSO AND CLAUDE MONET? And then leave. It would kill me until an hour later he pops in like- PIGEONS! And leave.

Maybe you can do this in a sticky note format. Example:
posted by inevitability at 7:57 AM on December 12, 2018 [5 favorites]

I would have to choose between:



"Multiple Choice: If you choose an answer to this question at random, what is the chance you will be correct?
A) 25%
B) 50%
C) 60%
D) 25%"
posted by komara at 8:03 AM on December 12, 2018 [5 favorites]

If you can stick around to hold it up for a while, I think an iPad showing videos of pretty much anything would be amazing.
posted by ambrosen at 9:20 AM on December 12, 2018

Small pictures of bricks or stones, which you build up -- maybe one every quarter-hour or so -- row-by-row, until the whole window is bricked up Cask of Amontillado-style...say, finishing Friday just after lunch?

(Offer them some wine when they get out, if they're literature fans.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:29 AM on December 12, 2018 [5 favorites]

Post up this sign on the window and let loose the great BA debate of 2018: HOW SHOULD A DOG WEAR PANTS?
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 11:42 AM on December 12, 2018 [1 favorite]

A conference call bingo card. Give them small post-its they can use as markers.
posted by lakeroon at 9:53 PM on December 12, 2018 [3 favorites]

I would laugh if 4 coworkers showed up and did YMCA a few times in the window.
posted by Emmy Rae at 5:16 PM on December 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

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