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Humor at Work: Dictatorships Crush Creativity!

It’s October everyone. Highlights include not only official
Popcorn Month, Pizza Month and Dessert Month, but also,
“Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day” (next week, October 10th)
and “Boss Day” on October 16. If you’re stumped as to what to
get your boss, you could always get him a teddy bear. (OR you
could get him something WAY more practical and beneficial
to YOU: the e-book “340 Ways to Put Humor to Work”! Available
for immediate download at
1. And Speaking of Boss Day. . .

A Zogby poll commissioned by Workplace Democracy Association,
found that 25% of Americans view their workplace as a
dictatorship, and not surprisingly, less than half think their
workplace promotes creativity. 80% also said they would work
better if they were given more freedom to decide how to
perform their own job.

I actually worked in a dictatorship for a while. Okay, so I’m
being a tad melodramatic. It just felt like it. Words such as
oppressive, stifling, uncreative and soul-sucking were often
used to describe this workplace environment, whereas workplaces
that were less autocratic were always more, what’s the word I’m
looking for . . .oh yes, fun! Creative! Inspiring! Rewarding!
Motivating! Can you see by the exclamation marks how much better
it is NOT to work under a dictator? So as both Canada and the
U.S. head towards election days, it’s a great time to ponder the
type of workplace rule that would get your vote in your workplace.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Having recently been featured on a mock “hockey card” for my
professional speakers association, why not extend this idea to
your workplace, and produce “hockey cards” with photos and
stats on the back for all your employees? It would be a fun
way to introduce the entire team to new employees, customers or
families of employees.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

“Anyone can do any amount of work, so long as it isn’t the work
they are supposed to be doing.” Anonymous
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A sign seen outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING –
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.

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