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The Hump Day Humor-Gram November 26, 2003 Issue #69

In this issue . . .

1. Surf’s Up!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Surf’s Up!

At the head of Patagonia in California, whenever “surf’s up!”,
they announce it throughout the office and anyone is free to
grab their surfboard and hit the ocean to take advantage of
the big waves.

What a great idea. Taking advantage of natural phenomenon as
a way to boost morale and energize folks and help them be
better human beings, as well as better employees.

I was thinking about this last week when, here in my little
town of Canmore, Alberta, we had one of the biggest snow storms
we’re likely to see all year. As I was headed into hour two of
shovelling, I noticed that several of the neighbourhood kids,
unable to make it to their class, were having your basic
“Snow Day!” and taking advantage of the huge dump to play
their hearts out.

Why is that only the kids get this benefit of spontaneous play?

Why can’t we adults announce a “SNOW DAY” twice a year to take
advantage of a wonderful snowstorm.

Or “Chinook DAY!” when the temperatures in Southern Alberta
Reach 22 degrees in the middle of January.

I know what some of you are thinking: “But, but, we don’t have
snow where I live! And I don’t even know what a Chinook is!”

The point is, we can all find fun excuses for a little spontaneous
play now and then, even if it’s just for a few hours, to take
advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Maybe the sun’s finally come out
after a three week disappearing act, maybe a parade is going down your
street, a lunar eclipse, a free concert in the park or a sudden mass
migration of penguins waddling by your digs.

Whatever it may be, find your own “Snow Day!” and take advantage
of the power of spontaneous play to energize yourself or your
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Stressed out about the upcoming ho ho season? It’s the most
stressful time of year for many folks so consider a few options
to reduce your stress load:

– Celebrate early, before the rush, before people are really stressed.
– Keep it simple. Remember it’s time to up the fun, not up the stress.
– Try holding a recycled gift exchange in the office, where folks
exchange used items from home
– If you are stressed out about getting Christmas cards out in time
to clients, try something different. You’ll be far more memorable
if you avoid the pack and send out Happy Groundhog Day cards.
– It can be expensive renting a Santa Suit these days, so go for
the elf costume. Trust me, it’s much cheaper.
– Instead of a Christmas tree, decorate your mascot, your
desk . . . your boss
– Do some work for a local charity – it’s a great way to
get the entire group involved in something positive
– Sing carols from office to office (I’ll give you a free book
if you have the courage to do it all by yourself)
– Hold a bake/cookie swap exchange party
– Include your customers and clients in the celebrations

And remember, not everyone in your office may celebrate Christmas,
so be sensitive to that fact that a few folks may not want to
participate in certain celebrations. Above all else, keep it
stress-free, slow down, take time to breathe and take extra time
to play.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

You know the spirit of Christmas gift giving has gotten completely
out of hand when your spouse tries to exchange a gift certificate
for a larger size.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A postal worker in Milwaukee received a bit of a shock when
an alligator chewed its way through a shipping carton.

This is a much needed reminder during this busy shipping session that
if you are going to mail alligators to anyone (the in-laws perhaps?),
make sure you double wrap and, by all means, pay for the extra

Happy Hump Day one and all.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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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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