Here’s another example of a business capitalizing on a little
creativity and fun to get some free publicity. The Lower
Mainland Eccotique Spa is offering a “confess and de-stress”
spa package for Vancouver Stanley Cup riot suspects. Any
suspected hooligans can turn themselves in, get their
fingerprints taken, and receive a relaxing spa treatment.
Are any of the rioters going to take them up on the offer?
Likely not. Does it matter? Of course not. The spa has
received free publicity coast to coast, by doing something
very different to stand out from the herd to be heard.
Speaking of a little different, Movember is right around the
corner. Yes, November is when men start growing mustaches to
raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, particularly
prostate cancer. One of the core values of the Movember
campaign is FUN! Movember is a classic example of using humor
to generate loads of publicity and to help communicate a
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Sure, random acts of kindness are great, except for one big
drawback. They’re too random. Having fun at work and creating
a humor-filled, creative workplace is too important to be
left to chance, so how about creating some Planned Acts of
Fun? Here’s something to aim for: each day, plan a small fun
ritual to jump start your day and one to end your day on a
high note. Plan something a tad bigger once a week, maybe
a Friday end-of-week ritual that celebrates your team’s
highlights of the week, or hold a Friday afternoon best joke
of the week contest, or a fun dance off. Then look at your
entire calendar for the year and plan one somewhat substantial
fun event per quarter. Something that everyone can look
forward to, but reasonably simple so it doesn’t become a chore
for the folks putting it together.
Quote of the Week
“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are
wasted.” Captain James T. Kirk
It’s a Wacky World
Tomorrow is “Cranky Co-workers” Day. You know who they are. So
be sure to inject a little extra fun into the workplace, if not
for them, then for your own sake.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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