There is a well known philosophy that has been adopted, translated and passed through many countries and corporations known as the fish philosophy

There is a well known philosophy that has been adopted, translated and passed through many countries and corporations known as the Fish Philosophy. It was conceived one happy day when on a visit to Seattle, a man by the name of John Christensen observed how positive and enthusiastic the employees of a run down fish market were. Here the fishmongers spent stinky, grueling 12 hour shifts stocking, packing and selling fish, in an environment that would have made even the most tolerant of us squirm.

Yet in an unlikely manner, these workers carried out orders by flinging fish to each other and to the customers – which kept the employees on their toes and the customers entertained. The fishmongers gave their full attention to each customer and made sure that they were involved and walked away from the shop feeling positive about the experience. Christensen, as a new witness to this unique workplace, realised that not only were the workers making their own day fly by, but they were also selling a great deal of fish!!

It is a very simple idea, yet one that is not always realised by workplaces today. Clouded by stress and deadlines we can all to often forget that remarkable results can occur when workers accept the invitation to: 1) Be there for their coworkers and customers; 2) Combine Work with an equal level of Play 3) Make the effort to make someone’s day, and; 4) Choose an attitude about how they will show up for work., and stick by it. It’s not as slippery and slimy as it sounds and in fact, when you think about it, though your work place may more closely resemble an office decked out with new carpet, air-conditioning and all of the latest technology, it is really not to far off from the working environment of the spirited folk at Pikes Place Fish Market.

Understandably, before employees can dive head first into this pool of fishy job satisfaction they need to get to know each other on a level that extends beyond email and phone calls. Workers need to grow and bond as a team before they can experience true enjoyment and efficiency in the workplace. If each of the workers at Pike’s Place were not in tune with each other, there would be a very smelly disaster – fish all over the place!

Corporate Team Building days are the best way to bridge the gaps and give your employees a greater sense of team spirit in their working environment. Activities like Scavenger Hunts, Nature Walks and Survival Training offer the chance for employees to interact and work together on an intellectual level that encourages team building. Or you may wish to lead your company down a more active path where they can bond over a rush of adrenalin while they tackle White Water rapids, Fast Bikes or the High Seas. There are loads of options to suit each individual workplace and its unique dynamics. Companies like are there to organise your day for you and ensure that the energy of planning a perfect event can be better spent getting productive in the workplace.
If anything, a corporate team building day may be just the thing to show your company and its employees that having an accepting attitude and open mind really will make the days more fruitful and the stench much easier to bear. Just ask the fishmongers.

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