1. The Milk of Human Kindness at Work
Researchers at Newcastle University claim that cows treated with a personal touch, such as being given a name, produce as much as 285 more liters of milk per year! Cows treated as individuals, rather than just being part of the herd, were more relaxed and yes, happier. (Please don’t ask how you measure that – I assume it’s some sort of self-assessment questionnaire.)
Hmmm. Now, I don’t want to milk this too much, but one has to wonder if there’s a similar relationship in the workplace? As silly as this sounds, I cannot tell you the number of stories I hear about workplaces where the executives don’t (or won’t) take the time to so much as just say good morning or smile or recognize a front line employee by name! And in such a herd mentality workplace, is it any wonder that so many employees will moooo-ve on to greener pastures? Moo.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
If you want a fun way to reinforce your organization’s values, create a mascot for each of your core values – a fun, visual, symbolic reminder of each value. For example, if one of your values is service, you might use a kangaroo to remind people to keep your service “hopping.” (Okay, so I’m sure you’ll come up with better ones that me.)
3. Quote of the Week
“Work and play are words used for the same thing under differing conditions.” Mark Twain
4. It’s a Wacky World – Right Out of Left Field
The British retailer Debenhams announced that it will start selling men’s underwear for left-handed men! That’s right! No more feeling left out, you lefties! (I’ve heard of leftovers, so would these be left-unders?)
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