Alberta-based Rogers Insurance has an official “Director of Humor” to help ensure “there is a regular dose of humor in the office.” Employees must apply for the four month term position by submitting a humor plan of attack (as opposed to a humorous plan of attack, which brings to mind a Monty Pythonesque skit involving warriors in clown shoes invading Luxembourg with loaded cream pies).
The last episode of one of my favorite sitcoms, The Office, highlighted how crazy incentives can sometimes be powerfully motivating.
“Beware of underlings who laugh at your jokes,” warned four
Star General Schwarzkopf, who went on to note that he became
much funnier with each promotion through the ranks. Sounds like
a Dilbert cartoon. But it raises an interesting thought. We know
that we …
Do You Work in a Cool Workplace?
CXtex, a New York-based technology company, is a self-describe
“cool place.” With their “work is fun” philosophy, peer
recognition programs, snack stations, relaxation area, start-of
-the-week cheer, in-house rock band and “Junkasaurus Park” (an
area dedicated to their …
I think we spend too much time, frankly, worrying about practicing “safe humor” in the workplace.
The Top-10 Workplace Irritants
Drum roll please! Here are the top-10 most annoying workplace
irritants according to a survey by Opinium Research LLP. From
#10 to #1:cold temperatures in the office; messy kitchens; not
turning up on time or at all for meeting; poor …
The idea of “humor in the workplace” shouldn’t be a tough sell. At least, not in theory.