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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #31, January 29, 2003

Please feel free to pass this along to the in-laws, the out-laws
or even the inside-out laws . . .

WARNING: May contain some trace of peanuts.

In this issue . . .

1. E-Gads!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
1. E-Gads!

A recent survey highlighted the growing use of e-mail as a substitute
for face-to-face-communication. The growing tendency to use e-mail
(even when the recipient is only ten feet away!) is resulting in
increased levels of stress (of course, known as “e-stress”), and
a reduction in human contact in the workplace.

Personal interaction is a basic human need. It is one of the key
ingredients in creating a positive, healthy and vibrant workplace
where people feel involved and motivated.

SO the next time you begin to write an e-mail, think about the positive
benefits of taking a little extra time to deliver the message in person.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Researchers have found that a little music in the workplace can
help employees feel more relaxed, productive and creative.
According to the experts, the best music to stir the creative juices
is light classical or soft jazz.

(Conversely, if you want to drive people slowly insane, pipe in some
elevator music. Studies suggest that only ten minutes of elevator
music results in people fantasizing about either grocery shopping or
doing physical harm to a co-worker.)

3. Quote of the Week

“Don’t Be a ‘yes man’. When your boss says no, you say no too!”

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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