Humor at Work: Jokers at Work No Joke (Part II)

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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