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The Hump Day Humor-Gram June 2, 2004 Issue #92

In this issue . . .

1. Lack of Recognition a Top Workplace Issue
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Lack of Recognition a Top Workplace Issue

According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource
Management, a lack of recognition continues to be a major concern
of employees.

In fact, a whopping 88% of the survey respondents listed a
a lack of acknowledgement as their TOP workplace issue, while
79% said that lack of recognition was a key reason for leaving a

This survey, and countless others, remind us that if we
want to keep morale high, attract and retain great employees, and
motivate folks, then we need to be doing as good a job as we can
at recognizing people for their unique contributions,
valuing diversity in the workplace, acknowledging employees’
contributions, talents and ideas, and praising people on a
regular basis. Ditto for our clients.

And although I suggest dozens and dozens of creative
and fun ways to say thanks and recognize people in my
book “You Can’t Be Serious Putting Humor to Work” (soon to be
made into a major motion picture) we need to remember
one simple but important workplace truth: the greatest
motivators cost nothing absolutely nothing but a little time and
thoughtful consideration.

(Of course, a few donuts now and then never killed anyone).
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Post fun recognition posters or messages of thanks in unusual
places where people can’t help but see them:

– the back door of washroom stalls
– on the elevator
– in the lunchroom/cafeteria
– on cafeteria placemats
– on cheque stubs
– wastebaskets/custodian’s cleaning carts
– fronts of desks
– backs of desks
– on computer screensavers
– coffee mugs
3. Quote of the Week

“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”
Agnes Repplier
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

You can find almost anything on eBay, including, recently,
a used cough drop retrieved from a trash can after
Arnie Schwarzenegger terminated the drop.

Yes, a previously used cough drop could have been yours for the
right price, had eBay not yanked the ad after deciding
it fell into the category of “body parts” (it was listed
under the heading: “Schwarzenegger’s DNA”).

(Coincidentally, I’ve got a half-eaten cracker sitting here . . .
if anyone is interested, I’ll start the bidding at a very
reasonable price).
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

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