Hello Hump Day’ers – it’s time for our annual summer hiatus
(don’t worry, it’s not nearly as painful as it sounds –
the doctor tells me it should clear up in about 5 weeks)
here at world headquarters of Humor at Work, so this will
be our last issue until September. Have a fun, safe summer!
1. We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This!
Summer is the perfect time to take your next meeting to the
great outdoors. Why meet in a stuffy bored-room when you can
go for a picnic, meet at the zoo, or a park? Everyone (at least
in Canada) longs for those childhood memories of having to miss
school because of a “snow day,” so why not call at least one
“sun day” this summer and take the team to an inspiring setting
for an afternoon? In fact, a simple change of scenery is
sometimes all that’s needed to provide a little inspiration or
a change in perspective on a workplace issue or challenge.
2. Mike’s Fun (Away from) Work Tip
Some hotels are offering “electronic detox” programs: upon
arrival you are expected to hand over your cell phones, pagers,
Blackberrys, video games, shoe phones etc. at the front desk.
This is a great reminder that if you want to have more fun, plan
to do what many folks are NOT doing these days on vacation,
which is A)actually take a vacation, and B)leave your work behind,
where it will be safely awaiting your return. Considering that a
recent AP-Ipsos poll found that 80% of vacationers bring their
cell phones along; 20% tote along their lap tops, and 20% did
some work while on vacation, this service might prove to be
very popular. And if you embark on an electronic diet this
summer, your spouse, your kids, your heart, and even your dog
Rex, will probably thank-you for it.
3. Quote of the Week
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
Speaking of vacations, here are some wacky questions asked by
park tourists visiting the Canadian Rockies:
– Do you have any undiscovered lakes around here?
– How did I get here?
– How many hiking trails can I get lost on?
– Can you tell me what lies beyond?
– If I get lost, how do I get found?
– Can we visit a part of Canada that Canadians haven’t see?
Happy Hump Day one and all. See you in September.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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