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  • Fun, Wacky, Silly, Offbeat Theme Days and Holidays for August, Humor at Work

    Here’s a list of some of the fun, wacky, offbeat, unusual, strange holidays and theme days for the month of August. Celebrating these, recognizing these theme days is a very simple way to bring a little fun and humor into your workplace and create some rituals and traditions to help strengthen your workplace culture. For some ideas on how to make use of some of these fun holidays go to:  Ways to Celebrate Fun Holidays in the Workplace

    August  1

    Girlfriend’s Day

    World Wide Web Day

    Spider Man Day

    Respect for Parents Day

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  • Their Dirty Secret is Out! Going All the Way with Your Branding & Marketing

    The Dirty Laundry winery in Summerland, B.C. is one of my favorite wineries to visit in the Okanagan. What I love about Dirty Laundry isn’t just their great wines, it’s how they’ve built their fun brand into every aspect of their business. The name comes from a historic Summerland laundry that reportedly housed a brothel upstairs, earning the business the nickname the “Dirty Laundry.”

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  • Study Finds Great Reason to Share Great News

    A study out of Brigham Young University in Utah found that you can significantly boost your level of happiness for up to four weeks when you share positive news with supportive people. The findings, bore out over five carefully controlled studies, showed there is a cause-and-effect relationship between sharing positive news and increased happiness.

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  • 10 Ways to Add More Fun to the Workplace This Summer

    Summer is finally here. Yes, she’s a bit late in some parts, but we’ll forgive her if she starts behaving properly from here on out. (I’m assuming summer is of the female persuasion since summer is so darned beautiful. . .and warm…and bright…and smells really, really nice. But I digress.)

    From the archives, here are a few fun at work ideas that lend themselves nicely to the quieter pace (for most of you at least) of summer:

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  • Alberta Flood Victims Use Humor to Go With the Flow

    My wife and I were among the tens of thousands of Alberta flood evacuees last week who had to go with the flow (literally) and board a bus with our duffel bags loaded with essential supplies, not the l east of which being our sense of humor. There are hundreds of …

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  • Inspiring Workplace Cultures: What Stories are Your Employees Writing?

    Beryl, whose phenomenal culture I speak of often, has a fabulous book called Smile Guide – Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty, and Profit.  The book features ideas, tips, stories, quotes and insights not from the CEO or higher ups, but, as the title suggests, from the employees. It’s their front line, in-the-trenches look at what Beryl has done to create an inspiring workplace.

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  • Wacky Alternative Uses for Everyday Office Supplies, Guest Humor at Work Blog

    Office life can be stressful at times. Every cubicle rat knows that there is always a token jerk in the office who irritates everyone. Just like there is always one supervisor or manager who likes to bust everyone’s chops. Some of us have likely fantasized about beating the snot out of them on our worst days.

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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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