1. Jokers at Work are no Joke – The Much Anticipated Sequel
If you remember last week’s episode (and congratulations
if you do), I talked about the positive role the “office joker”
can play in shaping workplace culture. What we didn’t get to
last week was the potential downside of being the office joker.
As one manager interviewed in the study was quoted as saying:
“Jokers are the ‘glue’ of the organization and 95% of the time
they are good for the company. The other 5% they overstep the mark
and someone gets hurt. But overall, the good outweighs the bad.”
So if we are encouraging the role of modern day jester in our
workplace, we need to accept that there is going to be some risk,
just as there is a risk associated with fostering a truly
innovative workplace culture or with creating a workplace
where truly open and honest communication thrives. Another
potential concern the study found was that although the designated
joker was valued by nearly everyone, and was extremely popular,
most employees felt that they would not make good senior managers
as people would not be able to take them very seriously! A great
reminder that the most effective and respected jokers focus first
and foremost on working hard and getting the job done, and on
finding the ideal balance between work and fun.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
There was yet another international “rock, paper, scissors”
contest held recently, so why not hold your own rock-paper-scissors
championship contest in your office? It costs nothing, you need
no special equipment, anyone can play and you can do it fast.
Turn it into a monthly or yearly tradition and award a prize
for the R-P-S Master.
3. Quote of the Week
“The seven most important words delivered by a leader to his team
are, ‘I don’t know. What do you think?’” – Hotelier Bill Marriott
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
Doh! There are four men in the state of Massachusetts who are
named Homer Simpson. All four men have unlisted phone numbers.
Happy Hump Day one and all! May the farce be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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