Humor at Work: Inspiring Research on Inspiring Employees

1. Inspiring Research on Inspiring Employees

“YOU’RE ALLOWED TO LAUGH YOUR WAY THROUGH A PROBLEM” is just one

of the hallway signs found in the offices of the HR-services

company Kenexa that reflects their belief in the importance of

a positive workplace culture. Kenexa’s research into what inspires

employees has found that employees really do want to have more

fun at work. They’ve also found that turnover rates among managers

who have pride in their organization is 21% lower than those who

don’t feel pride. Kenexa’s simple core belief is that employees’

level of engagement is directly tied to company success, in fact

Kenexa presents clients with research that shows how companies with

higher employee satisfaction scores have 700% higher shareholder

returns. (So maybe it really is possible to laugh all the way to

the bank?)

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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Why not do what a few hi-tech companies haven been known to do

and combine teambuilding with a little stress relief by holding

a massive team pillow fight? You can make it a team event (team

against team), tie into a pajama day party theme, or use it as a

fun way to relieve stress during a particularly challenging time.

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3. Quote of the Week

“A thing is funny when-in some way that is not actually offensive

or frightening-it upsets the established order. Every joke is a

tiny revolution. Whatever destroys dignity and brings down the

mighty from their seats, preferably with a bump, is funny.”

– George Orwell

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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

The English version of the road sign warned drivers that the route

ahead was not suitable for trucks. The Welsh translation of the

sign however, read: “I am not in the office at the moment. Please

send any work to be translated.” The mix-up happened because

officials didn’t realize the e-mail response was NOT the translated

version of the sign, but instead simply a warning that the translator

was not available to do the translation.

Happy Hump Day. Remember, suppressing laughter leads to cankles!

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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com  www.mikekerr.com

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