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Hello Day and Board Lunches

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1. World Hello Day

Today is “World Hello Day” – a day in which you are encouraged
to say hello to at least ten new people. Although it sounds a
bit trite, the day actually began in response to the
Israeli-Egyptian conflict in the fall of 1973. Hello Day is
recognized in 180 countries, and is meant to demonstrate the
importance of establishing communication (vs. force) with each
other as means towards securing peace in the world.

Since the mandate here at the old Hump Day is to help foster
more inspiring workplaces, I think we should add an element
of fun to World Hello Day. So here are a few ideas:

– encourage everyone on your team to wear a “Hello My Name
is . . .” name tag all day until they return home.
– hold a quick contest to see who can say Hello in the most
– hold a contest to see who on your team can get the
highest number of “hellos” returned back to them by the end
of the workday.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a “board game” luncheon every Friday or once a month,
where people can square off in a friendly tournament of
Yahtzee or Scrabble.
3. Quote of the Week

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in long
shot.” Charlie Chaplin
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A poll of HR executives asked them to share the weirdest job
pitches they had ever received. The responses included: a
woman who sang all the answers in her job interview; a man who
delivered his cover letter verbally as a rap song; a man who
said he was allergic to unemployment; and a person who brought
his mommy to the interview and let her do all the talking.

Happy Hump Day. Remember, suppressing laughter can lead to
uncomfortable bouts of gas and indigestion, so keep laughing!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007.

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