The Ig Nobel awards were handed out recently at a ceremony at Harvard University. The annual awards are given out to recognize the quirkier, sillier side of scientific research – research projects that make you laugh, then make you think (which is not a bad goal for any attempt at effective communication by the way). This year’s winners included a …
One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why? Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable truths that people are sometimes otherwise reluctant to share.
And speaking of movies…a lot of workplaces have business book clubs or …
Guest Blog courtesy Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified, www.greatnessmagnified.com
Many people believe recognition is the leader’s job. Well, no wondering it’s not sustainable and most organizations’ recognition scores are through the floor! We’ve worked in industries (e.g., healthcare) where it’s not uncommon for a leader to have 100+ direct reports. Now, does this sound sustainable to you? Even …
An interesting info graphic highlighting some of the top employee incentives and perks…what perks would help you stay inspired in your workplace? What incentives would help you remain loyal to your company?
You know the old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” isn’t always true. Sometimes what happens in Vegas follows you back to the office! A European study found that 23% of vacationers noticed no difference in how rested they felt when they returned from their time away! None! An astounding 17% actually reported feeling worse after their vacation!
Research shows that when people in a conflict situation laugh and find the humor in a situation, they are likely to shift from convergent thinking (believing there is only one possible solution) to divergent thinking (seeing other possibilities and ideas that might solve the conflict). Here are a few tips on how to use humor in a conflict situation to …
Single-focus meetings can be an effective way to dive deeper into an issue. When you have one central purpose, theme or goal tied to a meeting, chances are you’ll have a more effective meeting and achieve better results. Too often teams try to cram too many issues into their meetings, yet different topics often require different forums and different types …
I speak often about the “5 Ps” of workplace motivation that matter more than money: purpose, progress, pride, praise and passion. Money, in fact, isn’t always honey when it comes to motivating employees. What money is great at motivating people to do is this: look for work when they are unemployed, and show up at work week after week. …
A few weeks ago in my weekly e-zine Inspiring Workplaces I raised the issue of employees not speaking up in their workplaces. I was flooded with responses from subscribers adding to the list of reasons employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their senior managers. Some told stories of how they were fired for speaking up too often at …
Several studies have shown that open and honest candor is one of the singles biggest predictors of future success in an organization. Allowing employees to have a voice and share their input is also one of the simplest things managers can do to improve employee engagement and give employees a sense of ownership in their workplace. The info-graphic below …
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Mike offers up another episode of random ideas related to turning your workplace into a more creative, inspiring, fun place to be, plus Mike’s fun at work tip offers up another fun alter ego name generator perfect for Halloween, a great quote of the week about the importance of listening to the quietest people in the room and some accidental humor: Is this really the kind of help you want?
It’s a strange question with a surprising answer: Do stronger teams make more mistakes? Plus Mike’s fun at work tip looks at the importance of planning for recognition and one company’s simple way to recognize employees, the quote of the week and the usual report from the wacky side of life.
To celebrate Customer Service Week, Michael offers up nine nifty customer services ideas that will help your business offer more inspiring customer service. Plus a great fun at work tip that will encourage more recognition at work, a funny quote of the week, and some of the winners of the Ig Nobel prizes handed out at Harvard University.
Mike offers some another episode of random musings and idea related to the world of inspiring workplaces, a fun alter ego name generator idea for your next meeting, the quote of the week and some of the wacky, fun theme days headed your way this October.
Mike talks about four great questions/ways to frame a great conversation around change in your workplace, a fun at work tip to add some humor to your business website, a great quote and some weird and wacky newspaper headlines.
Mike talks about the importance of workplace recognition and taking ownership for your own workplace happiness, a fun at work tip that’s a great way to help team mates get to know each other better, a hilarious but-oh-so true quote from Elbert Hubbard and some famous, funny last words.
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