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  • How to Motivate Employees: 6 Powerful Ps of Employee Motivation

    A study from Harvard Business School once again highlighted the notion that there are more powerful motivators at work than money. In this particular study, researchers found that salespeople would forgo financial incentives in favor of greater peer recognition and knowing where they stood compared to their peer group. Social recognition, in other words, trumped money. 

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  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office. . .

    Over the years I’ve collected many funny stories and excuses people offer up for being late at work. This great info-graphic created by OnLine Clock nicely summarizes some interesting late-for-work-stats and highlights some of the wackier excuses that you may NOT want to try out on your boss! 

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  • What Question AREN’T you Asking?

    “You can tell whether a person is clever by their answers. You can tell whether they are wise by their questions.” Egyptian Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz

    Asking just the right question isn’t always an easy thing to do, but finding the right question is akin to finding a lost key to a hidden door. The right question can help defuse a heated argument, reveal a hidden truth, root out the source of a problem or shine a light on a brilliant new idea. 

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  • How Shared Office Space Can Help Lone Workers To Socialize, Guest Blog by Stefan Loewer

    If there is one stand out feature of office life (or as some prefer to call it ‘cubicle hell’) then it has to be the water cooler! Now understand that it might not be an actual water cooler, maybe it’s the coffee room, or the corner where the kettle it plugged in or some other area, but every office has one! It’s sort of like the central meeting place where everyone gathers and it is also like the worst sort of gladiator arena!

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  • What Keeps Employees Motivated? Some Keys to Effective Motivation at Work

    This infographic created by Salesforce does a fabulous job at summarizing some of the key factors that influence employee motivation. It’s a great reminder of everything we talk about here at Humor at Work: that money, for the most part,  is only a great motivator when it comes to people searching for work or coming into work week after week. In other words, money puts warm bums in the seats. But to get employees truly involved, engaged and inspired, it takes much more than just a good pay check.

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  • Why Humor in the Workplace is a Key to Success

    As a business speaker and motivational speaker who speaks often on the topic of humor in the workplace, I sometimes have to sell the benefits of humor to some of my more skeptical clients.

    Fortunately, this task has become much easier over the years.    

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  • The Leader as Guide: Lessons Learned While on an African Safari

    I was recently on safari in South Africa and Botswana, and our aptly named guide Moses reminded me of a few key traits that truly inspiring leaders need to possess.

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  • 22 Fun Ways to Celebrate Those Fun, Wacky Holidays and Theme Days into Your Workplace: No Pants? No Problem!

    I recently had someone ask me about the “appropriateness” of celebrating some of the offbeat theme days I refer to from time to time in an office setting.

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  • Speaking of Funny Business: Would It Kill You to Smile?

    As a business speaker who speaks on the role of humor in leadership and business and the importance of building a strong workplace culture, I am continually amazed at the number of senior business people who still take themselves so seriously.

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  • Customer Service with a Smile, and Some Humor

    Great customer service isn’t about blindly smiling at the customer and pulling the string to recite a scripted response that sounds forced and unnatural (as hilariously mocked in an old Saturday Night Live skit with Helen Hunt and David Spade playing cynical flight attendants saying, “And bye-bye” to all the departing passengers).

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