Hump Days a Great Day for Work and Fun

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1. Hump Days Rule!

According to research by Glenn Pettengil of Grand Valley
University, many workers, especially financial workers, perform
their best work on Wednesdays. His study found that decision-making
skills are at optimum levels on good old hump day, while other
researchers suggest that Wednesdays are also the best day for
creative thinking. People are fully engaged in work by mid-week
and they still have lots of energy. So, say the experts, why not
hold your important brainstorming meetings or strategic planning
events on Wednesdays to take advantage of this optimum brain
power? (I knew their was a reason I send these out on Wednesday.)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip: Lip Synching Your Way to Success

In the constant quest to attract talent, some organizations know
that it sometimes boils down to survival of the funniest. Which
is why many companies, in an effort to show how fun and cool a
place they are to work, are creating wacky on-line videos featuring
their employees dancing and lip syncing songs. And judging from
the response, the videos are not only attracting potential
recruits, they’re also generating a lot of free publicity. Even
more conservative companies such as Microsoft and Hugo Boss have
expressed an interest in creating similar videos. So why not
create one of your own? Even if you don’t use it to attract
new employees, it’s a great team building event. You can show the
video at parties, give it away to employees or clients, post
on your website or include it in your employee orientation
programs.
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3. Quote of the Week

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” Peter Ustinov
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Do you ever feel as though your work life should be turned into
a TV program? According to a survey from the website Monster.com,
53% of survey respondents said that their workplace most closely
resembled the TV sitcom The Office, 23% felt as though the hospital
drama ER mirrored their workplace, 13% chose The Apprentice, while
11% opted for Gray’s Anatomy. (I’m amazed that no one picked
Survivor or Lost, or how about Gilligan’s Island? Now that’s a
workplace I’d like to work at. . .)

Happy Hump day! May the farce be with you, no matter what
sitcom you work in.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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