The Value of Fun and Humor in the Workplace

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1. Are You Still Having Fun?

Here’s our latest Humor at Work web poll results, which I know
you’ve all been anxiously awaiting. The burning question was this:
Does YOUR workplace value fun and humor? The exciting results?
65% of respondents answered “Yes!”; 35% said “No.” (That’s not
bad, but I won’t rest until that number is 127% “YES!” No, I’m not
sure how we’ll surpass the 100% mark, but I’m sure there are some
smart folks out there who can figure it out.)

Speaking of valuing fun at work, author Randall Craig recently
created a 10-point checklist for deciding whether or not someone
is ready to leave their job. His starting question was, yes,
you guessed it: “Are you still having FUN at your job?”
If workplaces are going to keep their best employees, then I
would suggest this is a question we need to ask ourselves and
our employees on a regular basis. (I’d suggest every 4,000 km.)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Today is official “Inane Answering Message” day. So in honor of
today, here’s an idea: have a contest for the most creative or
fun answering machine message in your workplace.

And speaking of fun messages, why aren’t more businesses taking a
page from companies like WestJet Airlines? On those rare times you
are put on hold at WestJet, you don’t mind so much because of the
fun banter and humor they provide. In this day of automated,
“your call is important to us”, impersonal, frustrating phone
service, adding some humor to your voice mail system can help
humanize your organization, reduce customers’ stress of waiting
and brand your organization as someone who cares about adding
a little extra service and fun for your clients.
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

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

And speaking of inane messages, about adding a little fun to
your auto reply e-mail messages? A faithful subscriber passed
along a list of potential wacky “Out of Office” automatic replies.
Here are just a few to inspire your own creations:
– “You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out
of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn’t have received
anything.”
– “Hi, I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by
your PC for my response.”
– “I’ve run away to join a different circus.”
– “Thank you for your e-mail. Your credit card has been charged
$5.99 for your first words and $1.99 for each additional words.”
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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