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The Hump Day Humor-Gram April 14, 2004 Issue #85

In this issue . . .

1. Book Review: Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Book Review: Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

“Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay” by Beverly
Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans (Berret-Koehler Publishers,
2002) has made it onto my top 20 must-read workplace books. The
book outlines 26 strategies for retaining good employees, and
also includes dozens of simple suggestions on how to connect with
employees and build a more positive workplace environment
including the use of humor and fun).

Through examples from exit interviews, the book also provides
great insights as to why good people jump ship, while numerous
references to surveys and studies suggest the real reasons why
people stay with their employers, and why people leave. And by
detailing the costs of losing good employees, “Love ‘Em or
Lose ‘Em” presents a compelling business case for taking the
often overlooked topic of employee retention more seriously.

So the moment you are finished reading “You Can’t Be
Serious! Putting Humor to Work” by the great author Michael Kerr,
I strongly recommend adding this book to your reading list or
Work library.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

It’s still humor month (yes, all of April is Humor Month) which
means it is the perfect time to create a workplace humour squad
in your office. More and more businesses are creating humour committees/teams/groups in an effort to give a boost to their
on-going efforts to create a more positive workplace atmosphere.
3. Quote of the Week

“Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore, and you snore alone.”
Anthony Burgess
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A restaurant in New York is getting around a smoking bylaw by using
a stretch limo as its smoking lounge. Each night, diehard smokers
cram inside the limo, which features lava lamps, twinkling lights on
the ceiling, and, thankfully, breathe mints.

Happy hump day everyone! May the farce be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at

International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

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