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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, July 20, 2005, Issue Number 142

In this issue . . .

Hump Day Alert!!! This is the last issue before
the Hump Day home office takes its annual summer
hiatus, something we do annually. In the summer.
Because life’s too short, and summers in Canada are
even shorter. So here’s wishing all of you north of the
equator a fantastic summer. The Hump Day will return to
its regularly scheduled programming sometime in late
August or early September.

1. A License to Joke
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. A License to Joke

According to a study reported in the International
Journal of Humor Research, one of the key ways a
team creates a sense of culture and history is through
its use of humor. Humor was a proven way to create a sense
of cohesion, create traditions that connect members,
and regulate the relationships within a team.
The study also suggests that one of the ways
members feel a true acceptance from within a team is
when the team members are given a “license to joke.”
It’s a phrase I hear from clients all the time:
“It’s great to be given license to have fun at work!”
So here’s my challenge to you: in what ways can you,
directly or indirectly, overtly or subtly, seriously
or not-so-seriously, give the people around you
(including yourself) license to have more fun at work?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

If you can’t get to the beach this summer, then do
what several of my clients have done: bring the beach to
you. A beach party complete with Hawaiian leis, tacky
flowered shirts, fake palm trees, lawn chairs, and
imported sand is the perfect way to celebrate the dog
days of summer. For bonus points rent a karaoke machine,
hold an indoor sand building contest or play
hallway croquet or golf.
3. Quote of the Week

“I knew it was time to retire when it took me an
hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.” Anonymous
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here is a helpful summertime tip from page 16 of a
Hewlett and Packard employee safety handbook:
Blink your eyelids periodically to lubricate your eyes.

Happy Hump Day one and all! Keep laughing. And blinking.
Again, all the best for a great summer season.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005
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