Do your work in a cool workplace?

Do You Work in a Cool Workplace?

CXtex, a New York-based technology company, is a self-describe

“cool place.” With their “work is fun” philosophy, peer

recognition programs, snack stations, relaxation area, start-of

-the-week cheer, in-house rock band and “Junkasaurus Park” (an

area dedicated to their company mascot),it’s no wonder they’ve

frequently made the cut as one of the top-50 places to work in

the United States.

Working in a “cool place” likely means different things to

different people, but I suspect it’s one of many offbeat

metrics you could use to take the pulse of your workplace

culture. Regardless of how serious, intense or “professional”

you think your business is, wouldn’t it be great to say you

worked in a “cool workplace”?

So take a moment and ask yourself, and then the rest of your

team, on a scale of 1-10, how cool is your workplace? Ten

being it’s SO cool the Fonz could work here. So cool it ought

to be illegal. So cool, it’s like penguins sipping frozen

daiquiris while wearing Louis Vuitton Evasion sunglasses cool.

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Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Perfect for the summer season: have a “pass the camera” contest.

Each employee on your team or in your entire workplace is

challenged to take one photo that best captures the spirit of

your workplace culture. It’s a chance for folks to flex their

creative muscles and for everyone to learn what people really

feel about their workplace. Present the final images at a

luncheon presentation, create a photo board of all the images,

and award a prize for the most creative or funniest photo.

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Quote of the Week

“You can’t think about the future without having a playful

mind.” Andrew Zolli

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It’s a Wacky World

July 13 is more than simply “Embrace Your Geekness Day” (which

would be awesome enough on its own). It’s also “Gruntled

Workers Day”, a day to celebrate happy, contented employees

that aren’t, well, disgruntled! So if you are a happy, good-

humored, gruntled geek, today is YOUR day!

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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com

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