The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #50, June 11, 2003

Please feel free have this shipped, skipped
or slipped to anyone and everyone . . .

WARNING: May contain trace amounts of
Chocolate (ah, you wish!)

In this issue . . .

1. How’s Your Workplace Vision?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip: Fun With Live Animals!
3. Alberta Laughs Contest
4. Deep Thought of the Week
5. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. How’s Your Workplace Vision?

No, we’re not talking new specs here.

We’re talking about, yes, the dreaded “V” word, so mocked by
Dilbert: your organization’s vision.

The reality is, despite what Dilbert might say on the matter,
having a clear vision as to where your organization (or at least
your team) is headed is an absolute must for any truly inspiring
workplace. A strong, focused and clear vision not only let’s
folks know what you are striving for, it can help people to bond
around a common and compelling cause.

The reason, I think, that visions and mission statements get
so maligned, and rightly so, is that too many organizations
lose sight of their real purpose and abuse the poor little
suckers by plastering them on flowery coffee mugs and stuffing
them in desk doors and forgetting about them. How can they
possibly come to life and breathe in a desk drawer?

It’s NOT the words in the statement that matter, and it’s not about
having employees mindlessly spew off a bunch of empty words they
memorized off a plaque.

Having a strong and exciting vision is about giving people a sense of
purpose, meaning and connection in their work lives. It’s the
intent and idea behind the vision that is important, not the words.
Inspiring workplaces also make sure that everyone understands how
their particular role connects to the overall vision.

And if you can’t generate excitement around your organization’s vision,
then at least create your own team, or even personal vision that gives you
a more compelling reason to get up and go to work every day, yes,
even on Mondays.

Happy Hump Day! May the person you make laugh today be the same
one you see in the mirror each morning.
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2. Fun With Live Animals!

In honour of adopt-a-cat month (June): The prefect way to
brighten up and lighten up any workplace is to bring your
pet to work, or adopt a pet as your team or company
mascot. The right pet (alligators, for example, probably
aren’t the best option) that matches your office can be
a wonderful morale booster, conversation starter with
clients and stress reliever.

And speaking of our four-legged friends, a lot of companies,
in an attempt to provide more attractive benefits to their new
employees are offering pet medical insurance as part of their
employee benefits package. It can’t be long then before we’ll see
doggy daycares popping up in large companies . . .

If getting a real, hairy pet on a full time basis just isn’t
going to work, try some of these other animal-related fun themes . . .

– Hold a “match the employee to the pet photo” contest
– Celebrate a day or week a year where people can bring their pets
– Have an animal theme meeting/day
– Sponsor an animal as part of a team volunteer effort
– Get an office aquarium
– Dress your boss like an animal (or conversely, your animal
like the boss)
– Hold a contest for the best animal sound impersonator
(okay, so now I’m getting a little silly)
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3. Alberta Laughs Contest

For the numerous Albertans in the crowd today . . .

The C.B.C. and I are co-sponsoring an eight week contest
and radio program called Alberta Laughs. I will be appearing
on C.B.C. Alberta radio each Monday afternoon at about 12:50ish
collecting and reading out entries as we amass humorous
Alberta-themed jokes and stories.

The grand prize for the funniest story or joke will win a gift
package which includes a weekend at beautiful Storm Mountain
Lodge in Banff National Park.

In addition, we will be issuing weekly humor challenges and
giving out a small prize each week for the best entry.

This week’s challenge, deadline Sunday, June 16th is:

Send us a humorous, colourful or off-beat slogan, motto or
nickname for either the province of Alberta, or the Alberta
community of your choice . . .

Enter as many suggestions as you wish by
e-mailing me at mike@mikekerr.com
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4. Quote of the Week

“Love may make the world go around, but laughter
keeps us from getting dizzy.” Donald Zochert
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5. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A Japanese company has developed, wait for it . . . spray on
tights. Yes, no more runs in your nylons ladies and gentlemen,
now your tights, pantyhose and stockings all come conveniently
in a can.

No word on what happens if it rains, but I look forward to the
day that the phrase “painted on jeans’ takes on a whole new meaning
. . . or maybe not.

Keep laughing. Remember if you suppress laughter it goes right to
the hips, and then you will need the extra large can of nylon spray.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found 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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