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Humor at Work: What if It’s You Who’s Driving People Crazy at Work?

Are you inadvertently driving your co-workers nuts? Chances are,

most people don’t realize when their behavior is annoying the

heck out of everyone. A LinkedIn survey of 17,000 professionals

found that the top U.S. annoyance is having your food taken

from the office fridge;83% of Brazilians ranked office gossip

as the top pet peeve; 74% of workers from India cited annoying

cell phone ringtones; 40% of Japanese workers mentioned office

pranks as a big downer; 56% of female Canadian employees rated

revealing clothing by fellow colleagues as big annoyance.

If you are going to build a great workplace, then it would help

to know what behaviors drive people batty, and to never assume

that it’s always the other guy/gal who’s driving the batty bus.

A simple way to at least start this conversation going is to

create an anonymous poll in your workplace that lets people

bring up annoying workplace behaviors without fear of having to

confront an individual one on one.


Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Next Monday is “Boss Day.” So do something fun for your boss or

thank your boss in a fun way. Bosses are often the least likely

people to get thanked in a workplace, and if you’re thinking,

“there’s a reason for that,” then consider this: occasionally

thanking your boss in a fun but sincere way might encourage her

to do the same. Making work a bit more fun for your boss, might

help him relax and encourage him to foster a lighter workplace

atmosphere. To paraphrase Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see

in your boss.” (Sure, you might get fired, but then really,

do you want to work for a boss like that?)


Quote of the Week

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The

troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who

see things differently.” Steve Jobs, RIP


It’s a Wacky World

Today is “Take Your Teddy bear to Work Day!” If you’ve left your

bear at home, it’s still not too late to celebrate another theme

day: “International Moment of Frustration Scream Day!” And this

Friday, October 14th is “Be Bald and Free Day,” so for all you

bald-acious folks out there, it’s your day to shine. Literally.


Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011

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