The Hump Day Humor-Gram December 3, 2003 Issue #70

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In this issue . . .

1. Playing Tourist for a Day
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Playing Tourist for a Day

A “tourist” in training parlance refers to someone who is
taking a training course just so they can get away from the
office and their coworkers for a day.

It makes sense then, as clients often tell me, that attending
a training course or conference is considered to be a huge
motivational perk. So not only is training an investment
in your employees, and not only does it give an employee a
chance for a much needed break from the office, it also serves
as a form of recognition.

Some organizations have even gone so far as to allow their
employees to sign up for one day of NON work-related training
per year, as a way to say thanks to their employees and give them
a break from the day-to-day grind. The employees who sign up for
theatre improv classes, tuba lessons or “How to start an ant farm
in 43 easy steps”, come to back to work refreshed, feeling better
about themselves and inspired to learn new things. Learning any
new activity is also thought to spark creative thinking skills, so
these “tourists” likely also come back to work more creative.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a stress-busting squad whose mission is to seek out and
destroy common workplace stressors. Or if not destroy them,
then at least minimize them or develop fun ways for folks to
cope with them.
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

The perfect Christmas gift for the person who as everything:
A burglar alarm.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A community in northern China held the first international
camel beauty festival. Yes, yes, you heard me right. A beauty
contest featuring spiffily-dressed dromedaries attracted some
100 camels and more than 2,000 adoring fans. Judges were on the
lookout for upright humps, shiny hair, and nice-looking saddles.

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

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at http://www.mikekerr.com

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.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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