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Amy Poehler started a tradition on “Parks & Rec” that every workplace should try

Amy Poehler
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Amy Poehler would like to propose a toast.
Sarah Todd
By Sarah Todd

Senior reporter, Quartz and Quartz at Work

On the beloved NBC workplace sitcom Parks & Recreation, actress Amy Poehler played Leslie Knope, an unstoppable blonde whirlwind of hard work and positive vibes who went out of her way to make the people around her feel appreciated, whether that meant gifting her colleagues with personalized, 5,000-word essays about their individual awesomeness or plotting the world’s most perfect birthday celebration for her boss.

Poehler appears to be equally dedicated to boosting the spirits of her real-life coworkers. A new profile of Poehler in The Hollywood Reporter describes a ritual she instated on set at Parks & Rec: A round-robin of collegial toasts.

[A]ny time the show was on location, which was often, the cast and crew would have a team dinner after wrapping. And Poehler would stand up and toast one person and that person would have to toast someone and it continued until everyone in the room had been toasted. “She’d pick out a second AD or a makeup person or a camera operator,” recalls [Parks & Rec co-creator and showrunner Mike] Schur. “It was just the most wonderful way to end a work experience.” He still does it on The Good Place, his current NBC sitcom.

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