Wylie City Employees "Dodge" Conflict

City Employees play weekly games, promote teamwork

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    The city of Wylie has answer for those days when you may want to throw something at your boss or coworker -- dodgeball.

    Want to throw something at your co-workers? Wylie city employees do -- but only on Wednesdays.

    Dozens of city workers play dodgeball at lunchtime on Wednesdays instead of hitting the fast-food window or the elliptical.

    "It's really funny to see a different side of everyone," said Steven Harben, who works for the Wylie Parks and Recreation Department.

    Wylie City Employees "Dodge" Conflict

    [DFW] Wylie City Employees "Dodge" Conflict
    The city of Wylie has answer for those days when you may want to throw something at your boss or coworker -- dodgeball.

    The idea was the brainchild of fellow parks employee Archie Whitt, who joked that it's a better way to get competitive with co-workers than a pickup basketball game.

    "If there's someone in another department that you'd just like to hit with a ball, this is the time to do it," he said.

    It comes with the full blessing of City Manager Mindy Manson.

    She chooses to sit on the sidelines, but said it's a "hoot" to watch employees burn off some steam.

    "Even where I'm sitting, we still have to dodge," she said, laughing.

    It's also an excuse to stay active.

    "It's definitely a workout," Harben said. "Last week, I was sore for a couple of days afterward."

    The dodgeball hour is open to the public at the city recreation center, but to city staff, it has been a great way to build camaraderie between coworkers and departments alike.

    "Back at the shop, guys are going back and forth at each other -- like, 'I'm going to nail you here. I'm going to get you here,'" said Whitt.