Humor at Work: Humor at Work is a Many Splendored Thing, Jan. 21/09

1. Humor in the Workplace Offers Multi-Purpose Benefits

Our last web survey asked what people thought was the greatest
benefit/use of humor in the workplace. 442 folks responded with
the following results:

36% Building teamwork and relationships
32% Managing stress
11% Motivating people
7% Improving communication
5% Increasing productivity
4% Improving customer service
4% Increasing creativity

In reality, of course, none of these items exist in a vacuum.
Much like an ecosystem, everything in a workplace is
interconnected, so when we improve in any one area, there’s
positive spillover into all the other areas. Improve workplace
communication and folks will feel less stress, more like a
team, more motivated, more productive, more creative, and your
customer service will improve. And the more we think of creative
ways to use our humor resources in addressing ALL of these areas
by making humor a pervasive part of workplace culture, the
greater the odds that we will succeed in creating truly
inspiring workplaces.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create some offbeat theme days related to different employees’
personal attributes. For example: “Hug a Ginger Day,” where
anyone with red hair gets a free hug; “Left-handers Day”,
where anyone who’s left-handed gets a free coffee; “Ear-
Wigglers Day” where in ear wigglers get a new car! ================================================================
3. Deep Thought of the Week

“If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

The leader of a German telesales company fired three NON-smoking
employees and replaced them with three smoking employees (that
is to say, employees who smoke, not, you know, employees who
have caught on fire). His smokers-only policy was enacted, he
claims, because non-smokers are “grumblers who don’t socialize
with their co-workers.”

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