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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #4, May 22, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, tape it to a co-worker,
fax it to your brother-in-law, staple it to a rhino, tie it to a
letter carrier . . .

This Week . . .

1. Become a Corporate Jester
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. Become a Corporate Jester!

Humor in the workplace has been around for a loooooong time folks,
dating back to the good old days of the court jester. The first court
jester may have served William the Conqueror (no, not Bill Gates, the
other William the Conqueror) way back in 1000 A.D.

Court jesters not only provided much needed amusement to folks
Like William (who, after a hard day of conquering, we can imagine
needed a little cheering up), they were also considered trusted
confidantes to the royal family. They were also capable of saying
things to the royals that no one else could get away with by
couching it in humorous ways.

Sadly, the court jester went the way of the dodo bird when the
government tried to regulate them. But that doesn’t mean their spirit
has to die. I think every workplace should revive the tradition
and create their own, modern day “Corporate Jester.”

Now, you don’t need to take up juggling and put on a wacky hat
(although it can’t hurt), but a modern day corporate jester
could still serve the same purpose as the original ones – helping
to lift folks’ sagging spirits, boost morale, fight stress and
communicate employee concerns to the higher ups through humor and
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create a humor bulletin board in your office, whether you’re an office
of one or one thousand. It’s a simple way to spread a little mirth and
collect some humor relevant to your particular working situation. And
so long as the humor is safe, you can post the bulletin board in a
public area so customers or guests can enjoy it as well.

Use the board to post funny top ten lists, a joke of the day or week,
fun office photos, humorous quotes, funny articles or anything zany
that tickles your funny bone.
3. Quote of the Week

“If you are working in a company that is NOT enthusiastic, creative,
clever, curious and just plain fun, you’ve got troubles, serious
troubles.” Management guru Tom Peters

Bonus deep thought:

“Death is natures way of saying, ‘Your table is ready’.” Robin Williams
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

As graduation and prom dances approach, many high schools are taking
rather unusual steps to prevent the high school kids from dancing
in a lewd and suggestive manner. One high school in Riverview, Michigan
is requiring students to pass a written quiz on appropriate dancing
before they are allowed to go to the dance while another school is
handing out flashlights to the chaperones to spotlight any offenders.
But by far the wackiest solution was implemented at a school in Virginia
– any time couple got a little carried away, the deejay would change
the music to play the Barney theme song.
Copyright Michael Kerr

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