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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #28, January 8, 2003

Please feel free to pass this along to friends, small furry animals,
colleagues and/or loved ones, staple it to the paperboy, clone it or
turn it into a festive hat . . .

WARNING: Do not attempt to read this while operating heavy machinery.

In this issue . . .

1. Resolving to Have More Fun
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Warming Up January
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
We’re baaaaaaack! Happy New Year and welcome back to
our veteran readers, and welcome new subscribers. Our December hiatus
is over (a little fungicide seemed to do the trick nicely, for those
of you out there suffering from a touch of hiatus) and we here at the
humble home office are, if not raring to go, then at least a little

All the best to you and your families for a prosperous, healthy and
humour-filled 2003! May the farce be with each and every one of you.
1. Resolving to Have More Fun

Now that 117-year-old Dick Clark has once again dropped the ball in
Times Square, it is that time of year to think about those pesky new
year’s resolutions and tally up how many you have broken thus far.
(Speaking for myself, I know that most of my resolutions were kaput by
3:30 a.m. January 1st, which is really quite a remarkable feat when
you consider that I had gone to bed by 12:30.)

There is, however, one resolution that we here at the Hump Day Express
do believe is a vital one to make and keep, which is of course, to
commit to adding more fun into our work lives.

A recent survey in a business magazine once again stressed the desire
of most working folks to do a much better job at balancing their
personal lives with their work lives. And in a survey I conducted at
a recent conference, participants expressed a strong wish to maintain
their sanity (go figure?) during their working hours.

So now that you’re back into the work groove, it is the perfect time
of year to make a few commitments to yourself, your family, your
colleagues and even your customers.

What are you going to do to add a little (or a lot) more fun, humanity
and heart into your workplace? What can you do to bring more balance
to your life?

Here’s a few simple suggestions:

– Set specific targets for personal hobbies and time. The number one
way that workaholic, stressed-out managers have changed their
behaviour was to commit to specific goals with their families AND work

– Keep separate calendars for work and personal activities.

– Have a meeting with your office team to collectively plan and commit
to some achievable and specific goals in the area of workplace fun.

– Purchase copies of Michael Kerr’s book “You Can’t Be Serious!
Putting Humor to Work” as new year’s presents for your employees.
(They’re low-fat, they don’t contribute to global warming, and with
230 suggestions on how to add more fun to your workplace, your chances
of achieving your resolution will be much, much, much better.)

(For a humorous take on resolutions, check out my article at, and click onto Home Office Articles in the
resource section of the web site)
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Warming Up January

Many people find January to be a difficult month it’s cold, dark and
everyone is suffering from the post-holiday season blahs.

In other words, it is the perfect time of year (as several businesses
have discovered) to hold a tropical theme office party or meeting. A
few fake palm trees, Hawaiian leis, some tropical punch, a child’s
wading pool, and garishly colored shirts and presto you and your
office mates are instantly transported to a tropical paradise without
all the bothersome hassle of airport security, air sickness and
picking up nasty tropical bugs.

And for those of you lucky folks out there who actually get sent to
the tropics by your boss, think of how happy you’ll be knowing that
you’ve saved your company thousands of unnecessary dollars by bringing
the tropics to you!
“Beat the Blues Special Offer”

To help you and your colleagues beat the January blues into the ground
order a copy of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work” before
January 31st and you’ll receive 20% off the regular price! (I know, I
can’t believe it either!).

Order five or more copies and we’ll knock a whopping 50% off the total
price. For information on the book surf up
3. Quote of the Week

“Most New Year’s resolutions go in one year, and out the other.”

Bonus deep thought (at no extra charge)

“Work is really important. If it wasn’t for work, where would people
rest up after their vacation is over?”
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

University of Calgary researchers have discovered a startling
connection: sex triggers the growth of new brain cells.

Uh yes, I can hear the excuses now: “But honey, I’ve got my finals
tomorrow morning”, “But honey, don’t you want me to get that
promotion?” or “You know honey, I’ve always wanted to appear on
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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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