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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, June 28, 2006, Issue Number 182

SPECIAL HUMP DAY WARNING: Having too much fun at work
may cause you to lose all track of time. Please adjust
your watches accordingly.

1. Another Fun at Work Success Story
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Another Fun at Work Success Story

Calgary-based Smed International, an office furniture
manufacturing company, places a high premium on flexible
working conditions and on having fun at work in order to
keep their employees happy and productive. Smed have held
dance contests (where the winners won tickets to see Ricky
Martin), pie-tossing contests (using the managers as
recipients, of course), indoor golf tournaments, and
Stampede Week “chuckwagon” races using office chairs.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Dartmouth professor Frank Zarnowski, coined the phrase
“work-sports” in reference to work skills’ competitions,
which include things such as: lumberjack events, grocery
bagging, grave digging, gift wrapping, oyster shucking
and bike courier delivery sporting events. So, really, if
there’s such a thing as the “Cemetery Olympics”, surely
you can devise a sporting event unique to your particular
office or profession in time for the summer season? (How
about the World Cup of Photocopying or the Fastest
Blackberry Thumb in the West?)
3. Quote of the Week

“There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause
comedy in the streets?” Dick Cavett, mocking the
TV-violence debate
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A survey from the staffing service Accountemps uncovered
some unusual reasons for people resigning their jobs,
including one person who resigned because: “My salary was
so high it made me feel uncomfortable.” (Anyone out there
have this problem?)

Happy Hump Day – keep laughing! Remember that only 20-30
seconds of hearty laughter is the same workout as 3-minutes
on a rowing machine!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640,

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