Humor at Work: Up the Fun Factor to Motivate Employees

1. How Does Your Workplace Measure Up?

Patrick Lencioni, author of “The Three Signs of Miserable Job,”
suggests that employees are less happy at work when they feel
anonymous, when they feel irrelevant, and when there are no
relevant measurements tied to their job performance. So
Lencioni’s key to happier campers at work is to ensure employees:
– feel connected to each other;
– understand why their job matters in the big picture;
– can measure their success or progress.

The last factor, having a relevant yardstick for how you do your
job, not only helps employees feel more engaged, it’s also an
effective way to make work more fun. In fact, many employees tell
me that one of the most fun parts of their job is being able to
clearly see and measure their daily or weekly progress, no matter
how that’s defined. So how does your job/workplace measure up?
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a “Déjà-moo Day”, where every non-work thing you say has a
sense of being full of “bull.” In other words, everyone has to
make up their responses about anything they get asked of a
personal nature. It’s a fun way to spark some creativity and
generate some guffaws. Great for a slow Friday. For example, Bob
from accounting asks you what you did last night, you tell them
you spent the night trying to recapture Shirley, your escaped pet
kangaroo, after she got into the Tequila and went swimming in
your neighbor’s pool. Someone compliments your shirt, you tell
them it was a hand-me-down from stepbrother Johnny Depp (yes,
THAT Johnny Depp). To up the fun even more, give an award at the
end of the day for the best déjà-moo’er.
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3. Quote of the Week

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a
humorous light is a trick learned while mastering the art of
living.” Viktor Frankl
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

As a recovering government manager, I think I still suffer from
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: the fear of long words.
This is just one of 1,500 offbeat “phobias” amassed in an on-line
dictionary. Others to be watchful for include rhytiphobia (the
fear of wrinkles), pentheraphobia (the fear of mother-in-laws)
and coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). (Now just imagine how
scary it would be if your mother-in-law WAS a clown!)

Happy hump day everyone. Don’t fear, the weekend is near.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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