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Is Your Workplace Drowning in BS?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Sep 2016

The Ig Nobel awards were handed out recently at a ceremony at Harvard University. The annual awards are given out to recognize the quirkier, sillier side of scientific research – research projects that make you laugh, then make you think …

Workplace Lessons from Movies

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 08 Sep 2016

One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why?  Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable …

Customer Service: Would You Like a Side of Empathy With That?

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Mar 2016

Do your employees understand the importance of expressing empathy to your customers when required?

My wife and I just returned from a speaking trip in another country. The trip turned into an epic adventure involving delayed flights, missed connections, missing …

Motivating Employees One Smile at a Time

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 09 Nov 2015

podcastHow one workplace transformed it’s environment through a unique program called the Smile Transfer Protocol. Plus Mike’s fun at work tip, the quote of the week and some wacky …

Miles of Smiles Creates an Inspiring Workplace

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 09 Nov 2015

Barry Williams likes to mix a lot of humor into his workplaces. As the former manager of Barney’s Motel in Brandon, Manitoba, he created a fly bounty to get people laughing over flies in the motel rooms, added hilarious slogans …

Staying Optimistic, Productive & Focused at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Oct 2015

Research by Six Seconds found that optimists scored 18% higher on employee evaluations – yet one more reason to train your brain to be more optimistic. The on-line shoe business Zappos purposely closed down one entrance to their headquarters to …

Act Your Way to A Better Mood

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 09 Sep 2015

I worked with someone a long time ago who never smiled. Whenever he said something remotely positive I always wanted to say to him, “Why don’t you tell your face!” As it turns out – not bad advice for all us!

Here are three scientifically proven ways to give yourself a happiness boost at work in just a few minutes, according to research presented in the book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” by Richard Wiseman:

How Is Your Workplace Doing?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 Aug 2015

You’ve likely read some of the articles coming out that are highly critical of Amazon’s workplace culture. My friend Merge Gupta-Sunderji wrote a great article in the Globe and Mail newspaper that summarizes the issue: Amazon’s leaders are so relentlessly focused on results (the “what”) that they forgot all about “the how.” As I’ve said at least a gazallion times, workplace culture is all about the how: How you do the things you do. And if you ignore the how, it’s just a matter of time before things do deeply off the rails.

If They Can Teach a Robot to Have a Sense of Humor…

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 19 Aug 2015

Seriously.  I’ll get to the humorous robot shortly, but in the meantime, so random random thoughts, musings and ideas related to the always fascianting world of work and workplace culture…

Humor Writing Contest: Great Chance to Flex Your Funny Bone

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 10 Aug 2015

Inkitt’s latest Humor / Comedy writing contest “Laughable” is now open for submissions!

Inkitt is a free writing platform that aims to help writers achieve their fullest potential. On August 7th the site launched a new Humor / Comedy writing contest:

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