The Hump Day Humor-Gram, February 23, 2005, Issue #121

In this issue . . .

1. In Praise of Praise
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. In Praise of Praise

The power of praise and recognition is a recurring theme here
at the old Humpday, because, well, it’s so darned important!
According to a Society for Human Resource Management and
Watson Worldwide survey, 88% of employees cite a lack of
acknowledgement as their TOP workplace issue, while 79% said
a lack of recognition was a key reason they quit their job.

Avis care rentals is one company that is seeing the dividends
of employee recognition, claiming that employee turnover rates
have dropped 3-6% since starting an extensive rewards program.
They also claim that they are getting a 10 times the return
on their investment.

And any workplace can do simple things that don’t cost any money
to help recognize people. Creating a “want to” workplace vs. a
“have to workplace” starts by simply taking the time to recognize
people in a sincere way, and by creating a fun workplace where
people want to show up, and do their best each and every day.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Pick the top thing that stresses you out at work and create a
“Top Ten Tings You LOVE About It” list. This is an easy way to
force yourself to reframe an on-going stressor.
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3. Quote of the Week

“The oldest & most precious national asset of a country
is humor.” James Thurber
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A Chicago chef has figured out a way to “print food” with an
ink jet printer that sprays liquid flavoring onto edible starch.
Which means one day soon you may be able to eat your words,
literally.

Happy Hump Day one and all!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005 mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
Author and international speaker Michael Kerr delivers keynote
talks and workshops on humor in the workplace, business creativity
and public speaking skills. Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640
or surf him up at http://www.MikeKerr.com

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