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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, March 1, 2006, Issue Number 165

Special Hump Day message: Happy birthday to the one
and only Tony Rino!!! Have a good one Tony!!

1. Playing Nice at the Office
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Playing Nice at the Office

Professors from the University of Halifax are embarking
on a study looking into the rise of workplace rudeness.
Incivility, these researchers suggest, is on the rise and
one of the things they’ll be studying is if small bits
of incivility escalate into full blown office conflicts.
As well, they’ll be looking at whether people are being
more rude because they’re stressed, or are people feeling
more stressed because people are being ruder? Hmmmmm.

One thing we do know here at the Hump Day headquarters
is that small, positive gestures have been shown to create
a domino effect of positive energy in the workplace.
Small acts of kindness and small doses of humor can
go a long ways toward creating a more civil workplace,
so remember to play nice everyone!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

If you want folks to have fun on their job, then give
them as much control over their daily work lives and
responsibilities as possible! In other words, empower
them to do what they do best. (Hint: empowerment isn’t
about GIVING people power, it’s getting out of people’s
way so they can exercise the power they already have!)
3. Quote of the Week

“Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the
throne one sits on, one sits on one’s bottom.”
Taki (a writer in Esquire magazine)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

There’s no room left at the cemetery and the law forbids
a new cemetery, so a Brazilian mayor has proposed a simple
solution to the dilemma by outlawing death. That’s right,
if you die in the town of Biritiba Mirim, you could
be in big trouble! They know the law is a bit silly, but
they’re using humor to try and persuade the Brazilian
government to modify its environmental legislation which
prevents them from building a new cemetery. No word as of
yet on what the penalty will be, I only hope it won’t be
something as severe as say. . . the death penalty?
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
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