by Hollie Wegman ・ Office Hacks

Office Hack #12 — Gamifying the Office Kitchen

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Today’s Office Hack squares the workplace kitchen heroes against the zeroes. Spanning is an Austin-based software company specializing in data back-up. But as Spanning grew, so did its office kitchen problems.

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Dirty dishes towered next to the sink. Coffee pots sat empty more often than full. Paper towel dispensers presented only bare cardboard. It wasn’t long before shaming emails started flying and things went from bad to worse.

This company needed a solution.

Two Spanning employees dedicated 9 months of their weekends and evenings to crack the problem. And they did. Developers Gordon Bockus and Patty Cifra created a way to gamify the company kitchen.

The pair designed a program that would track who at Spanning loaded the dishwasher, purchased paper towel, made fresh coffee, and a host of other duties common to office kitchens.

Any contribution in the shared kitchen would earn you points. Points would earn you prizes.

The app meant employees could track their activities, and the activities of others. Every month, Spanning rewards another kitchen MVP — and the company’s messy, pesky problems in its common kitchen have vanished.

Screen Grab from ‘Who Made Coffee’

In fact, the application has worked so well at Spanning, its developers have offered it up for free, online.

“(The app) really is trying to make the kitchen an easier, happier place.”

  • Gordon Bockus, co-creator

How to hack it

If you’d like to gamify your office kitchen, you can download the free“Who Made Coffee” app here: https://whomade.coffee/

Recipe:

  • Sign up your team
  • Customize your kitchen’s tasks
  • Assign point values to the tasks
  • Design a contest and prep the prizes
  • Enjoy a cleaner office kitchen!

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