Having fun at work, according to the CEO of Beryl Call Centers,
isn’t optional. It’s a core value and a huge asset and one of the
key reasons Beryl is so successful. Beryl has learned that when senior
managers show off their fun side, the entire organization breathes
a little easier. And, according to the CEO Paul Spiegelman, when the
senior leaders poke fun at themselves it sends the message throughout
the organization that there is no class system, that everyone is
approachable, and that everyone is “in it” together.
Which is why, if you work at Beryl, you might encounter the CEO
on roller blades wearing a matador outfit, or dancing a wacky dance
in a lime green suit, or poking fun at himself with other senior
leaders in a funny holiday celebration video.
Now perhaps that’s a wee bit extreme for your culture or your
personality. The point is, when people at work, and in particular
the senior managers, take themselves less seriously the entire
culture can benefit tremendously.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Try out this idea from Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream either once a
month as a wacky theme day, or try it out in a meeting: every time
someone says the word serious, everyone must (choose your favorite)
either put on a pair of Grouch Marx glasses OR a clown nose or
do the fun dance. Sure, it’s a tad silly, but summer is approaching,
and what better time is there to stir in a little silliness.
Quote of the Week
“A thing is funny when in some way that is not actually offensive
or frightening it upsets the established order. Every joke is a
tiny revolution.” George Orwell
It’s a Wacky World
Friday, June 24th is “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and it’s also
“Ugliest Dog Day”, so why not combine the two and bring a really
ugly dog to work with you Friday? (Of course, best not to tell
the dog why you finally decided to bring him to your work.)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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