1. Counting on Praise
April 4th is “Compliment a Co-worker Day.” So it seems timely
to remind us all of the need to pass the praise. According to
research presented in Workforce Magazine, fair rewards and
regular recognition are linked to higher productivity, reduced
turnover, and increased job satisfaction. Research also suggests
that appreciated employees are less likely to ask for more money.
How regular is regular appreciation? The authors of “24 Carrot
Manager” suggest that as a loose guideline, employees should
receive verbal praise at least once a week; informal written
praise once every two months; formal recognition once a year.
But the main point here is to just remember to do it! (And don’t
wait for the boss, or some of you will be waiting a looooooong
Thank-you for reading this. You are a truly gifted and wonderful
human being! (Did I mention you should be sincere when handing
out the praise?)
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Perhaps you remember the old Bob Newhart TV show drinking game –
every time a character said “Hi Bob”, you were required to imbibe
(I was only eight at the time, so I never got that terribly drunk).
Try the same concept for your next meeting, only without the
alcohol or “Hi Bob” reference. Instead, serve coffee, tea, or
water, and have everyone take a huge, overly exaggerated slurp
each time someone uses one of your cliché buzzwords or overused
phrases. You can have a “phrase of the day” or keep it wide open.
3. Quote of the Week
“The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the
volume of its laughter.” Zero Mostel
(Hmmmm, could the same be said for the workplace?)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
You think you have communication issues in your workplace?
Consider this: there are thought to be only two people (brothers)
on the planet that still speak the ancient tribal language of
Zoque. Problem is, the brothers aren’t speaking to each other!
(You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.)
Keep laughing folks.
Remember, if you suppress laughter it goes right to the hips.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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