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Is Your Business as Welcoming as it Could Be?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 13 May 2014

Today is official Dance Like a Chicken Day. But if that doesn’t get you clucking, maybe the fact that it’s also Receptionist Day will get a better reception in your office.  In addition to thanking your receptionists for all the great work they do, it’s also a good day to take stock of how welcoming your business is at every point of contact and how a bit of humor might help.  

An IDEO Kind of Idea for Communicating Your Workplace Values

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 19 Feb 2014

podcast IDEO is known as one of the most innovative, creative companies in the world. Their seven values are values any company or team needs to embrace to be …

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

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 Jul 2013

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

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Psychic Day

World Wide Web Day

Spider Man Day

Respect for Parents Day

Saving the World, One Laugh at a Time

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 12 Mar 2013

Arlo Guthrie once famously said, “Just because you’re trying to save the world it doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun.”

In fact, if you are trying to save your small part of the world I’d go a step further by suggesting that adding a little fun will not only ease your stress associated with saving the world, it might just help you accomplish your mission as well.

Which is why I’m always happy to stumble upon examples of traditionally serious organizations taking themselves a tad less seriously. For example, as part of an annual tradition, Calgary aldermen broke out into a five-minute elastic band fight at a city council meeting, as a fun way to end their last meeting before adjourning for a month-long summer hiatus.  

Why Your Workplace Should Be More Like Las Vegas! Guest Blog by Kelly Batke, Jostle

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 Feb 2013

Every time I visit Las Vegas I am in awe how the city functions at a seemingly high level despite having some of the most liberal laws in the country.

It’s Time to Face the Facts…and Your Employees

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 28 Jan 2013

The CEO of AFA JCDecaux arranged a rather outrageous stunt to make a point to his employees about effective communication in the workplace. Over the course of a few days he arranged for his IT manager to intercept everyone’s internal e-mails and post them by regular, good old-fashioned snail mail. So a few days later each employee received a surprise, in the form of a honking huge whack of mail. Outrageous? Maybe. But the point was made, and the use of e-mail in their office plunged dramatically as employees opted to either pick up the phone or get off their chairs to talk to colleagues.     

Fun, Wacky, Offbeat, Silly February Theme Day and Holidays, Humor at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 24 Jan 2013

Here’s a list of some of the fun, wacky, offbeat, silly  holidays and theme days for the month of February, 2016. Celebrating these or recognizing these theme days is a very simple way to bring a little fun and humor into your workplace. For some ideas on how to make use of some of these fun holidays go to:  22 Ways to Celebrate Fun Holidays in Your Workplace

Purposeful Play at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 05 Jan 2013

I had the tremendous privilege of being granted a private tour recently through the Innovation Gallery of Milliken’s world headquarters, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

An Inspiring Workplace Culture Comes Down to Habits

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 02 Jan 2013

It’s that time of year.  Another scenic cruise around the sun has  finished, and everyone now turns their attention to the new year with new hopes, new dreams, new goals.

Can We Talk? The Importance of Open, Honest Communication at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 30 Dec 2012

In a study of more than 50 large companies by the Ferrazzi Greenlight consulting company, “observable candor” proved to be the behavior that best predicted high-performing teams. Here are some ways you can encourage more open and honest conversations in your meetings: 

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