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Employees’ Families are Part of Your Support Team

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 16 Feb 2016

We recently celebrated Family Day in my home province of Alberta. The holiday is intended as a day for people to spend time with their family, which reminded me of the role families play in businesses. Inspiring workplaces recognize that …

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.

Plunging Into a More Inspiring Workplace Culture

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 22 Oct 2014

If you want your employees to, and pardon the expression, give a crap about your workplace, then you need to build a culture that values and recognizes the great work they do. And that’s exactly how Alpine Tubular Management and Supply, a Calgary-based company, has built a thriving business. Here’s just a few things they do to build an inspiring culture:

Inspiring Workplace Musings

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 13 Mar 2014

podcast In this episode Mike offers up some random, miscellaneous observations and opinions on what it takes to create a truly rocking, inspiring workplace culture.  Plus a look at …

Standing Up for an Inspiring Workplace Culture

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Jan 2014

Steve Cody, the co-founder and managing partner of Peppercomm, a communications agency based in New York, understands the power of humor and storytelling to help package his clients’ messages. But as a part time stand-up comedian, he’s also a huge believer in the power of humor to change the way people interact and communicate with one another, and in the process transform an entire workplace culture. I had a fascinating conversation with Cody last week, where he explained how humor has completely become embedded in Peppercomm’s DNA.

Work Bites! Random Inspiring Workplace Musings and Sound Bites

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 26 Aug 2013

podcast Some random, work-related thoughts and ideas related to creating a truly inspiring, fun, creative workplace culture.  Plus Mike’s fun at work tip, the work quote of the week and some …

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.

Create an Inspiring Workplace by Showing Your Employees the Love

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 15 Jan 2013

Philip Rosedale, the former CEO of Linden Labs (the company that created the virtual world “Second Life”) used some unconventional methods to engage employees and boost happiness levels at work, including:

Sunday Night Sleeplessness

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 12 Dec 2011

Any guess as to what night of the week insomnia levels peak?

Yes, Sunday night sleeplessness is, according to surveys,

rampant. Which reminds me of the dread so many of us felt as

kids at the thought of returning to school. Today, some …

You are What You Read at Work?

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 20 Jul 2011

Zappos.com has a very active library full of fabulous books that employees are encouraged to sign out. Beryl Call Center has a book club where employees are, each month, encouraged to all read the same business book, answer a few …

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