1. Nothing’s More Fun Than a Little Hard Work
July is official Anti-Boredom Month. Now for those of you feeling
overworked and underplayed would probably LOVE to complain about
being a bit bored now and then. But be careful what you wish for.
According to a poll from Sirota Survey Intelligence, employees
who are bored at work report lower levels of job satisfaction,
personal accomplishment, and pride than employees who feel
overworked. And other studies suggest being bored can be just
as stressful as being overworked.
So one key to feeling really happy and motivated at work is to
find that perfect balance that allows you to make the best use
of your talents, and to work hard enough that you have to stretch
yourself a bit, but not so hard that you don’t enjoy it anymore
or feel too overwhelmed.
And by the way, if you ARE feeling bored from time to time,
try randomly phoning up a coworker and saying, “Did you need
to see me?” (Eventually, someone probably will need to see you,
and then you’ll look like a genius.)
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Summer is a great time to try out a “wacky dress week” – where
each day during one week represents a different unusual dress
code. For example: Monday might be wacky slippers day; Tuesday
crazy tie day; Wednesday retro day; Thursday mismatched
sock day; and Friday has got to be Hawaiian shirt day.
3. Quote of the Week
“Never will I allow myself to become so important, so wise,
so dignified, so powerful, that I forget how to laugh at
myself and the world.” Og Mandino
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
Some actual newspaper ads:
– Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is NOT a joke.
– USED TOMBSTONE: Perfect for someone named HomerBergenHeinzel.
– Free to good home: Rottweiler, female, very intelligent, loves
to eat live rabbits and kittens.
– Turkey for sale. Partially eaten. Only eight days old!
Happy Hump Day everyone.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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