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Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

1. Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

Here’s another reason to play nice, have fun and do the right
thing: someone might be watching you. Right now. With their video
phone or webcam. Okay, I’m not trying to creep you out here, but
today’s reality is this: annoy a customer and there’s a growing
chance they’ll send a video rant to You Tube, write about it in
their web-blog, complain on a consumer website for all the world
to see, or even start up their own “” website.

And it’s not just customers. Doctors, university professors and
bosses are all being held to a higher degree of scrutiny as more
and more “rate your boss” kind of websites pop up. So before
you lose your cool in public, mistreat your employees or abuse a
customer, keep those memorable words of Allen Funt in mind:
“Smile, you’re on candid camera!”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

There seems to be a flurry of “ugly contests” going on, so why not
figure out an ugly-themed contest for your workplace? For example,
different businesses have recently held contests searching for:
the ugliest blazer, ugliest couch, ugliest tie, ugliest Christmas
sweater, and ugliest car. Try a generic one that any workplace
could do (such as a tie, sweater or shoes), or come up with
a theme that relates to your particular workplace and include
your customers in the fun.
3. Quote of the Week

“A person might be able to play without being creative, but they
sure can’t be creative without playing.” Kurt Hanks & Jay Parry
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A survey by revealed that many folks do things
other than just drink coffee during coffee breaks, such as, hold
a burping contest, chase weasels outside, reenact the “Rocky
Horror Picture Show,” walk a new-born turkey around the building,
and shrink-wrap a co-worker’s car. Somehow, my coffee breaks seem
a little dull now . . .

Happy Hump Day and happy coffee breaks. Remember, as Herb Albright
said, “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but
it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.

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