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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #5, May 29, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, tape it to a co-worker,
fax it to the prime minister or president, get it made into a
tattoo tie it to your radio antennae . . .

In this edition of the Hump Day Express . . .

1. Spontaneity Rules!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day – The Joke Relay
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
5. Home Office Humor

Happy Hump Day everyone! May the farce be with you!
1. Spontaneity Rules!

The best and most powerful humor doesn’t come from a manual or a
Book (sadly, not even mine). Ask any stand up comedian (go on, ask,
I’ll wait) – the funniest moments are the unscripted ones, those
moments of humor that are truly unplanned. The same could be said of
humour in the workplace. In fact, according to one study, 87% of all
the humor observed at a California hospital was spontaneous humor.

Now I could recommend we all plan to be more spontaneous, but somehow
that seems a little silly.

I think the real challenge in our workplaces is to create the kind of
working environment where spontaneous fun is allowed to happen. Where people
are comfortable enough to laugh and have fun. Where people trust each other.
Where people communicate and connect first and foremost as real human
beings (I know, I know, a radical concept for some workplaces!).

So my challenge to you on this particularly fine Hump Day is simply
this: What can you do to help foster the type of work atmosphere where
spontaneous acts of fun combustion are allowed to happen?

And if you can’t think of any, then go back to plan A and practice
being spontaneous until you get it right.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a “pass-the-joke” relay once a week through the office. Simply
start by phoning, or better yet, personally contact two co-workers,
tell them the short, snappy and CLEAN joke, and assign them to pass it
on to two more co-workers each, carrying on until you’re fairly certain
everyone has shared in the laugh (or groan).
3. Quote of the Week

“Levity is the opposite of gravity.”
– a profound thought brought to you by Monty Python
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

According to a survey by Kimberly-Clark (the toilet paper folks), 2% of
office workers escape to the washroom as a place to “hide out or get
away from work.”

And what would turn the office restroom into a true office paradise?
25% of folks said they’d like to have newspapers and magazines available,
12% wished for a masseuse or manicurist, 11% wanted music and headsets,
while 9% longed for heated toilet seats.

I’m glad we got to the bottom of all this.
5. Home Office Humor

If you work alone in the a home office, then finding the funny
can sometimes be a little challenging, not to mention lonely.
That’s why I’m here. If you need a few chuckles about life in the
old home office, take the time to check out some of my home office
humor articles at

And if you have any suggestions for future home office articles,
Be sure to let me know. The articles run four times a year in the
Home Office Report magazine.
Copyright Michael Kerr

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