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Yay Days, Duvet Days and More Inspiring Ideas For Your Workplace

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 19 Oct 2016

Mike offers up another episode of random ideas related to turning your workplace into a more creative, inspiring, fun place to be, plus Mike’s fun at work tip offers up another fun alter ego name generator perfect for Halloween, a …

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 …

To Do or Not to Do? That is the Question

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 25 Nov 2015

Although I always suggest face-to-face communication above all else, at times you may want to consider this: If you have some news that you think someone will need time to digest, then send them an e-mail first and arrange a …

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 …

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…

Employee Retention: Start Holding “What Will Keep You?” Interviews

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

If employee retention is an issue in your workplace then chances are you are spending time and money conducting exit interviews. Okay…I suppose exit interviews are important, IF they are done right. The challenge is that often employees don’t open up about the real reasons they are leaving your company, for fear of retribution or for a number of other reasons. The bigger issue, of course, is that exit interviews are akin to closing the barn door after the horse has left the barn. What any successful company needs to do is to build the kind of inspiring culture that turns long term employees into truly loyal employees (there’s a world of difference between the two) and nurture the kind of workplace culture that doesn’t just keep your top talent, but that keeps top performers happy and inspired.

Why Having an Average Day is Really AWESOME!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 22 Jul 2015

Time for some more random musings, thoughts and ideas on inspiring workplace cultures…

• The next time you are frustrated by a colleague’s behavior, rather than getting judgmental, be curious. It’s a much healthier and solution-oriented approach to ask yourself, “Why might this person be behaving this way?”

The Power of Pride at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 20 May 2015

Hills Pet Nutrition is lauded for its inspiring culture, driven largely by its ability to leverage the pride employees have in their company. Pride, as I often talk about, is an incredibly powerful motivational trigger. What great workplaces like Hills does so well is encourage a culture where employees are encouraged to express their pride about a number of different aspects of their work. So employees at Hills Pet Nutrition are proud of their products, yes, but they’re also proud of their teammates, their mission, their customers, and their great work environment. Their culture offers some good reminders for all workplaces:

Random Workplace Culture Musings to Smile Over

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 06 May 2015

It’s time for another edition of completely random thoughts and ideas…

Random Workplace and Humor Musings & Trivia

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 03 Dec 2014

It’s time for another edition of “Completely Random Musings”:

Even the CIA managed to deploy some humor in their very first Twitter post:”We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.”
Real leaders are never afraid to say, “I don’t know” and “I need help.”

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