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The Hump Day Humor-Gram December 10, 2003 Issue #71

WARNING: Only 17 days left until you
can start exchanging your presents.

In this issue . . .

1. Where Does Fun Go to Die in Your Workplace?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Where Does Fun go to Die?

Following up on a comment made by one Raymond Barone in an
episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” I’ve surveyed audiences
over the last month asking them the question: Where does fun
go to die in your workplace?

Here are the top five answers submitted in the survey:

1. The head office/corporate office/boss’s office
2. Anywhere that has the word “committee” after it
3. The human resources department
4. Accounting
5. Staff meetings

Where does fun die a slow, painful death in YOUR workplace?

And more to the point, once you’ve identified your fun-suckers,
what can be done to prevent the premature death of fun in your
workplace? How can fun be taken off life support in your next
staff meeting? Are there fun black holes in your office that
are perhaps frightening people away or stressing them out?

Stay tuned for the answers to these questions and more!
(Look I can’t give you the answers every week . . .)
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create fun signs for meeting participants to use to register
their feelings. For example, meeting attendees could make like
Olympic judges and hold up scorecards in response to suggestions,
or have small signs that say things like “WOW!”, “Boy Am I
Excited!” or “Is It Just Me, Or Is Anyone Else Hungry?”
3. Deep Thought of the Week

The three greatest Christmas gift lies: “Unbreakable,”
“One Size Fits All,” and “Easy to Assemble.”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here’s some great news: Most aliens are quite friendly. In fact,
as reported to the Canadian Press, according to one
anthropologist most folks that have been abducted by aliens have
been given messages of hope. It seems that aliens, for the most
part, just want to let us know that we’re not alone.

Gosh, I feel a group inter-galactic hug coming on . . .

Happy Hump Day one and all. May the farce be with you!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
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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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