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 …
Do your employees understand the importance of expressing empathy to your customers when required?
My wife and I just returned from a speaking trip in another country. The trip turned into an epic adventure involving delayed flights, missed connections, missing baggage, and yes, more delayed flights. Some of it was weather related, some issues were mechanical, sometimes we were waiting …
We recently celebrated Family Day in my home province of Alberta. The holiday is intended as a day for people to spend time with their family, which reminded me of the role families play in businesses. Inspiring workplaces recognize that families matter and that the families of employees are part of their support team.
Consider the impact work has on your …
I’ve lost track of the number of studies that demonstrate that if you want to get the biggest happiness boost from your hard earned paychecks, it pays to spend your money on experiences, rather than material possessions. Going on a vacation, eating out, taking tuba lessons, or going to a play offer far greater returns on happiness than buying material …
Although I always suggest face-to-face communication above all else, at times you may want to consider this: If you have some news that you think someone will need time to digest, then send them an e-mail first and arrange a meeting for an hour or two later so they’ve had time to properly
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Health care studies show time and time again how important trust, customer service and communication is when it comes to patient satisfaction – but are you paying attention in your business to these critical elements? Plus a fun alter ego name generator, the humor quote of the week, and some interesting news for beer drinkers.
Mike offers some creative ideas on how to jump start change and build new habits at work, a fun at work tip that will strengthen your culture and add some fun, the quote of the week, and some funny sandwich board signs.
Mike offers up another episode of thoughts, musings, and ideas related to inspiring workplaces and healthier working habits, a great fun at work tip to help you deal with adversity, a hilarious quote from comedian Judy Tenuta, and some wacky signs seen at veterinarian clinics.
Survey after survey reveals the most annoying habits of coworkers. Mike offers a few tips on how to be proactive about office etiquette, so you don’t end up in a potentially awkward conversation with a coworker. Plus a meeting fun at work tip, humor quote of the week and some of the offbeat August theme days this August to celebrate at work.
A significant number of people report feeling worse after coming back from their vacations, so Mike offers a few suggestions to help ensure you really do recharge your batteries during your holidays. Plus a poetic fun at work tip, the quote of the week and some wacky museums from around the world.
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