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Poetry at Work Day

Unleash your inner bard this Poetry at Work Day! Bridge the gap between prosaic duties and poetic musings, one verse at a time.
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January 9
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Let's celebrate Poetry at Work Day on January 9 and indulge in the beautiful lyrical world amidst our daily work routines! Founded in 2013 by an enthusiastic group representing Tweetspeak Poetry, the goal was to bring the lofty heights of poetry into the often mundane, sterile environment of workplaces across the globe. It's a fantastic opportunity to express your creative side as you cornerstone this unique marriage between productivity and poetry. Don't miss the chance to sprinkle a little lyricism into your nine to five and take the work day from mundane to extraordinary! So, grab your pen and let's reimagine our everyday workspace with the magic of words!

History of Poetry at Work Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Poetry at Work Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tweetspeak Poetry formed the holiday, aiming to infuse workplaces with the beauty and creativity of poetry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Celebratory Contests</div><div class='timeline-text'>Companies across the globe hosted poetry contests on this day to inspire employees to engage with the creative process.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Poetry at Work Day Goes Digital</div><div class='timeline-text'>Online platforms started celebrating the holiday, allowing people working remotely to join the movement.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arts Organizations Join Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arts organizations began hosting special events and workshops in celebration of Poetry at Work Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Educational Involvement</div><div class='timeline-text'>More schools and educational institutions began incorporating Poetry at Work Day into curriculum and classroom activities to stimulate creativity among students.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Poetry at Work Day has gained global recognition, encouraging people worldwide to incorporate poetry into their working lives.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Poetry at Work Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compose desk haikus</h3><p class='facts-text'>Get your colleagues to participate in desk haikus! Space out sticky notes on desks and encourage team members to write quick, three-line haikus about their work or the scenery from their workspaces. By the end of the day, you'll all have a portfolio of miniature poems.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a lunchtime poetry reading</h3><p class='facts-text'>Set up a lunchtime poetry reading club at your workplace. Encourage everyone to bring along a poem they enjoy (it could be their own or a classic from a favorite poet) to read out loud while others munch their lunches.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create a poetic inspiration board</h3><p class='facts-text'>Deck up a bulletin board in your workplace as the 'Poetic Inspiration Board.' Let everyone pitch in to showcase their favorite poems or words of wisdom for a daily dose of inspiration, creativity, and positivity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Hold a poetry-writing contest</h3><p class='facts-text'>Host a friendly poetry-writing competition at your workplace. The poems can be about anything from work, colleagues, or the industry you're interested in. Reward the most poetic writer with the title of 'Office Poet Laureate'.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Turn emails into verses</h3><p class='facts-text'>Challenge your team to write their emails in verse for the day. This quirky activity not only sparks creativity but also injects fun and whimsy into mundane work communications.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Poetry at Work Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's An Opportunity To Get Creative</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Poetry at Work Day encourages everyone, from the CEO to the receptionist, to tap into their creative sides. Whether it's composing a haiku about your morning coffee or penning a sonnet about team synergy, this holiday offers a fun and engaging way to express creativity.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Enhances Team Building</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From hosting lunchtime poetry readings to organizing poetry writing competitions, Poetry at Work Day presents a host of opportunities for team building. It can bring employees closer together, foster better communication and lead to a more harmonious work environment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Breaks The Monotony</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Workplaces can sometimes feel monotonous with the same routines day in and day out. Poetry at Work Day offers a chance to breathe new life into the mundane, turning daily tasks into something unique and exciting. This can boost morale and productivity, and simply add a little fun to the everyday!</p></div></div>

5 Facts Turning WorkSpaces into Poetry Places

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>First Evidence of Workplace Poetry Dates Back to Ancient Civilization</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many do not realize that the connection between work and poetry was established long ago. Ancient Mesopotamian, Greek, Indian, and Celtic cultures alike frequently referenced their professions, trades, and daily chores in their poetry, showcasing that work has long served as a rich source of poetic inspiration.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Spontaneous Poetry Writing Enhances Cognitive Function</h3><p class='facts-content'>Inventing poetry on the spot demands a complex interplay of language skills and creativity. Research has shown that engaging in such demanding cognitive activities can help develop problem-solving skills, improve memory, and foster creative thinking in a work environment.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Tradition of Combining Poetry and Business Started with Haikus</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Japan, the custom of using a form of poetry known as "kukai" first made poetry a part of work life long before the digital era. These sessions were used as a team-building exercise where everyone had to collaborate to create a traditional haiku.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Poetry Makes the Brain More Receptive to Learning</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research shows that the rhythm and intonation prevalent in poetry improve learning and memorization. This cognitive boost helps enhance an employee's retention rate, making them more receptive to new ideas and skills.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Anxiety and Depression are Reduced by Writing Poetry</h3><p class='facts-content'>Multiple studies have found that writing expressively, especially in poetic form, can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, suggesting that incorporating poetry into the work day might contribute to improved mental health amongst employees.</p></div></div>

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