The Hump Day Humor-Gram, May 23, 2007 Issue Number 219

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1. What’s Blocking Your Sense of Ha Ha?

Our last web poll (www.humouratwork.com) asked folks what was
stopping them from using their humor at work. Here’s what
people said: 27% NOTHING, I’m having a blast!!
26% Fear of not being funny
15% No time!
13% Fear of being politically incorrect
11% Our culture frowns on fun
8% My boss!
Here’s a thought on the “fear of not being funny” concern: Get
over it! That’s my crackerjack advice. Most humour in the
workplace is spontaneous. And yes, sometimes it’s a hit,
sometimes you’ll miss. I think we need to relax and get over
ourselves. The risk of NO humor at work far outweighs the risk
that occasionally people will look at us like we have a horn
growing out of our forehead. We need to foster a psychologically
safe workplace environment where people know it’s okay to be
human and spontaneous and to laugh. And heck, if your attempt
at humor goes over like a led puck, then just remember that
pros like Johnny Carson often got their biggest laughs after
a joke bombed, so arm yourself with a few humorous recovery
lines such as: “Well, I guess I’m just amusing myself at this
point” or “My three-year old son thought that was hilarious!”
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Lots of businesses have a “Customer Appreciation” day, so why
not hold an “Employee Appreciation Day.” I think sometimes we
inadvertently treat our customers better than we do our own
colleagues, so an employee appreciation day can help remind
managers to treat their employees like THEIR number one
customer, and remind frontline employees to respect and
recognize their teammates’ contributions. Make it fun (i.e.
no long, boring speeches from head office) and make it
meaningful (i.e. no long, boring speeches from head office).
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

“After all is said and done. . . more is said than done.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

There’s exciting news for those of you that aren’t getting enough
coffee to make it through your workday morning . . .you can now
wash yourself with SHOWER SHOCK, a new soap that releases
caffeine right through your skin and straight to the old
bloodstream! No more waiting for the coffee pot! No more having
to hook up that pesky caffeine I.V. drip! And if you are even more
desperate, the Virginia-based company is also launching a
caffeinated lip balm and caffeinated shower gel!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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