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Creating French Fry Moments at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 24 Jun 2015

Google has a phrase they use in their company, “French fry moments,” which they use to convey the concept of anticipating employees’ needs. The phrase and the concept came about after an executive saw a scene on the sitcom 30 Rock, wherein one of the characters, Tracy Jordan, becomes outraged after an employee brings him a burger but doesn’t include the fries he didn’t order, prompting Tracy to shout: “Where are the French fries I didn’t order? When will you learn to anticipate me?!”

A Backstage Pass to a Better Workplace

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 05 Feb 2014

Last week had a “behind the scenes” theme running through it for me. I got a behind the scenes glimpse into a colleague’s business, attended a behind the scenes chocolate-fest experience at our favorite local chocolate shop, and watched copious behind the scenes special features from the hit TV show Breaking Bad.  Offering your customers a backstage pass to what you do is becoming more and more commonplace. Disney World offers a Backstage Magic Tour; in Mumbai you can get a behind the scenes tour on the latest Bollywood movie set. But don’t think you have to have a fun business to offer something like this: a funeral home in the states offers behind the scenes tours and the next time you’re in Paris you may want to pop underground for a Paris sewer tour.  

A Backstage Pass to a More Inspiring Workplace

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 03 Feb 2014

podcast If you want everyone to feel like a VIP then create a backstage pass mentality in your workplace. Plus Mike’s fun at work tip with a new alter …

Seven Resolutions for an Inspiring Year at Work

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 07 Jan 2014

podcast Seven Resolutions or an Inspiring Year at Work:  Seven commitments your team needs to make to build a rocking great workplace culture. Plus Mike’s fun at work tip, …

Signs You are Faking Your Workplace Culture!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Sep 2013

– By Kelly Batke, Director of Marketing, Jostle Corporation,

You can fake a lot of things in this era, but strong workplace culture is not one of them.

Sadly there are a lot of companies out there ‘faking’ happy work environments. They loudly claim to have the best places to work but secretly the employees are unhappy and writing negative comments to employer review websites.

This level of desperation isn’t really much of a surprise considering how much emphasis has been put on culture these days.  We read stories about companies like Zappos and we can’t help but to aspire to that, as we should. But it isn’t going to happen overnight, and it isn’t something that can be faked.

It’s not Personal? Oh Really!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 04 May 2012

Here’s another of many business cliches that should be eradicated from our language: “It’s nothing personal, it’s just business!”

Got the Sunday night blahs? Maybe it’s your workplace culture?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 11 Dec 2011

An article in the newspaper this week reported on how the incidence of insomnia in restless sleepers peaks on Sunday evenings. 

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