In Praise of a Little Silliness
There’s an escalator at the Milwaukee convention center that
has a button next to it that reads: Push to Play Polka. You can
then enjoy listening to a nice polka as you ride the escalator.
Reminds me a bit of the Volkswagen Fun Theory campaign I wrote
about last year, where subway riders were enticed to opt for
the stairs over the escalator once piano steps were installed.
Both of these ideas are rather, well, silly. Yet, we often
dismiss the idea of being silly at work as something that
is inappropriate and unprofessional. But we need to remind
ourselves that a little silly is sometimes just what the
workplace doctor ordered. Being a bit silly, especially in an
overly-serious situation, can relieve stress, help a team bond
and keep everyone engaged during an especially crazy time. Not
to mention that virtually every brilliant idea ever conceived,
began its life as nothing more than a silly little thought.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
We’ve all heard about “random acts of kindness” as a simple
pay it forward gesture. Here’s a slight twist on that idea:
Hold a contest for the best anonymous random act of kindness
pulled on someone in your workplace. At the end of the month
(or week) people share what random, fun kindness was done
for or to them. The most creative, outlandish or fun act wins a
prize. Of course, at that point, the anonymous do-gooder will
have to step forward to reveal his or her identity!
Quote of the Week
“I think your ability to be effective is proportional to your
ability to relax.” Premal Shah
It’s a Wacky World
Next Wednesday, November 30, is official “Stay at Home Because
You’re Well Day.” I’m giving you plenty of notice so you
can plan accordingly.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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