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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, July 5, 2006, Issue Number 183

1. Do You Do What You Do Best?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Do You Do What You Do Best?

“Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every
day at work?” A Gallup Poll of 1.7 million workers in 101
companies found that only 23% of respondents answered that
question with a “yes”! Yet, we know that when people are
given the chance to make the best use of their talents they
are happier, more satisfied, more productive and much more
engaged in what they do. And according to research from the
National Institute of Mental Health, when people are more
engaged/absorbed in what they are doing at work, it is less
mentally taxing on the brain. Doing something you like and
are good at for ten hours feels like less work than working
for five at something you aren’t truly suited for. This is
a huge key to creating a truly inspiring workplace: unearth
your talents, then redefine your goals to make sure you
(or your employees) are making the best use of those talents
as often as possible.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

A recurring theme at the old Hump Day Humor Gram is this:
we get the behaviors and attitudes we reward and recognize.
So if you want more fun, reward people for their efforts.
At EDS in Buffalo, New York, leaders are awarded the
“Manager of Mirth” award. The award is given to the leader
that most inspires their employees, gives employees timely
recognition, finds ways to make work fun, fosters
creativity and teamwork, and who takes themselves lightly.
3. Quote of the Week

“Without fun, marriages don’t work; when jobs aren’t fun,
they become intolerable and dehumanizing; when children
aren’t fun to be with, they are heartbreaking; when churches
aren’t fun, religion becomes a drag; when life is not fun,
it is just plain hard.” Tony Campolo
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here’s your new phrase of the week: “pocket call.”
A pocket call happens when you accidentally speed dial
someone while carrying your cell phone in your pocket,
resulting in some very annoyed person listening to
your car keys and muffled voice for the next 30 minutes.

Happy Hump Day one and all. May the farce be with you!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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