It’s “Inconvenience Yourself” day, a day set aside to
remind ourselves how often we inadvertently do something
that is inconvenient for others (like when I recently
had a problem with a certain company, and to remedy
the situation they decided it would be best to make
everything as inconvenient as possible for me, just,
you know, as a way of saying sorry).
Speaking of which, a recent survey of Canadian and
American workers suggests employees are getting
increasingly bugged by annoying colleagues. Some of the
top annoying habits included, in descending order of
votes: gossip, messiness in communal work areas, potent
scents, loud conversations, overuse of electronic devices
in meetings, loud cell phone ringtones, leaving the
kitchen in a mess, eating overly stinky food, shouting
across the room and taking supplies without asking.
Wow. It’s like a jungle out there! I’m so glad I work
Seriously, here’s one very simple thing you can do to try
and put a dent in the annoying habits in your workplace:
Conduct your own survey and post the results everywhere
and send them to everyone. Often a little self-awareness
is all it takes for people to stop being so darned annoying.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
As a fun way to remind everyone to stay humble and human,
and to remind everyone we were all just goofy kids at some
point (and yes, some of you, with luck, still are) create a
wall of pictures of your team when they were children.
Deep Thought of the Week
“Best way to become an old dog is to stop doing new tricks.”
It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
It’s also Tortilla Chip day, so please don’t inconvenience
anyone else by eating the last tortilla chip.
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