The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #42, April 16th, 2003

Please feel free to send this to anyone you know,
or to anyone they know or to anyone you know that they
know even if they don’t know you know they know . . .

WARNING: May contain dangling participles.

In this issue . . .

1. What Motivates YOU?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. What Motivates YOU?

Yet another study into what motivates working people has come
up with yet another shocking truth that belongs in the “well, DUH file”:
different things motivate different folks.

Some folks (ideally most!) are motivated through a deep love of the work
they do, while others are motivated by rewards programs, more time off,
chocolates, tickets to the opera, more freedom in their work, or by being given a project that excites them.

The common denominator in all the studies and all the surveys however is this: appreciation, trust, respect and recognition tend to be across-the-board, common motivators of most folks.

As for finding out what specific perks/rewards get your co-workers, employees or clients revved up, the easiest thing to do is just ask them!

(And as an excellent follow-up question, ask what DE-motivates the folks around you, you might be amazed at the variety of responses people come up with).
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create an official “I’m Having a Lousy Day and I Need Help” fun award or
prize to dole out to an employee, family member, or client that
desperately needs a shot in the arm because, well, you know, they’re
having a really bad day (hence the name of the award).
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3. Quote of the Week

“If you can’t wait to get out of bed, you either have the right job
or the wrong mattress.” Anon.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The Palo Alto city council is creating guidelines that will effectively
ban the use of most facial expressions during their council meetings. That’s right: No grimacing, frowning, scowling, or smirking allowed. And forget
about head shaking, head nodding, face pulling, or face pushing.

(Personally, I think if they just put paper bags over their heads
it would make the guidelines very easy to enforce, plus they wouldn’t
have to worry about the public finding out how they voted on any
issue).

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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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at http://www.mikekerr.com

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.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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