Humor at Work: Your Stress Snorting is Driving Me Crazy!

The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 22, 2009 Issue 300
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1. Your Snorting is Driving Me CRAZY?

Seems as though some employees’ stress-coping habits are causing
MORE stress at work for their co-workers. Gum snapping, finger-
tapping, snorting, yelling out abruptly, nervous pen-clicking and
furious pounding on the keyboard have all been cited as irritants
to office workers. So think about your potential stress-reducing
tics or habits that might be annoying the folks around you.
If you want to lower your stress and up the fun then turn your
stress management into a team sport. Have a team tune-up meeting
to talk about how folks are coping with their workplace stress,
share which stress management tips are working and which aren’t
working for everyone, discuss potential pet peeves of people’s
behaviors (in a gentle way!), and brainstorm team strategies to
help everyone lower their stress levels in fun, simple ways.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Russians rarely smile in public, yet behind closed doors, can be
very gregarious and show their emotions easily. So Russia is
starting a campaign to encourage people to smile more: “A smile
is the cheapest way to improve your looks.” Which got me thinking
about this idea. With most workplaces more culturally diverse
than ever, create an opportunity (a lunch, perhaps) where people
can share their cultural perspective on humor, laughter and jokes.
Not only would this be a fun way to learn more about your team
members, you’ll also discover some interesting commonalities and
differences about everyone’s use of humor at work.
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3. Quote of the Week

“Laughter helps us remember all the things we have in common.”
Clifford Kuhn M.D.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Police in Germany were recently called out to investigate strange
noises emanating from a forest. The culprit? A lone man laughing
hysterically, who had purposely driven himself into the forest to
be able to enjoy a very humorous book.

Here’s hoping your week brings you just as much humor!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2009. www.mikekerr.com

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