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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, July 19, 2006, Issue Number 185

Just a reminder folks that July is official Anti-Boredom
Month, Ice Cream Month and Picnic Month. (So if you get
bored at work, have an ice cream picnic.)

1. And the Top Pet Peeves Are . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week – Send in the Clowns
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. And the Top Workplace Pet Peeves Are . . .

According to a survey of 2,300 folks conducted by Randstad
Holding NV, the top workplace pet peeves are:
Being condescended to: 44%
Being publicly reprimanded: 37%
Micromanaging managers: 34%
Mobile phones ringing: 30%
Public speakerphones: 25%
People named Bob: 7%*
*I made up this last one. My apologies to anyone named Bob.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

It’s hard to maintain a sense of humor if you’re
constantly annoyed by those minor on-going irritants
that confront us daily at work. So create a Pet Peeve
Patrol for your workplace: a team of folks assigned to
A) unearth everyone’s biggest pet peeves; B) share the
information they find with everyone so everyone’s more
aware of what’s bugging everyone and C) devise some
simple solutions to reducing those pet peeves. Simply
having the conversation and raising awareness is
often all it takes to remove many of them! (And no,
sorry, “your boss” or “your coworkers” don’t qualify.)
3. Quote of the Week

“If fear is too great, send in the clowns.”
Laughter researcher Dr. Lee Birk
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Eight percent of adults suffer from coulrophobia: a severe
fear of clowns. The good news for clown fearers is this:
exposure treatment which involves literally sending in
the clowns (in controlled doses) and encouraging folks
to dress up like clowns, has been show to reduce the
incidence of coulrophobia. What a relief.

Happy Hump Day! Hope your inner clown is a non-scary one.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640,

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