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The Hump Day Humor-Gram October 16, 2002, Issue #20

Please feel free to pass this along, digitally enhance it, fax it to
Juan Valdez, feed it to your gerbils, or turn it into a festive
party hat . . .

In this issue . . .

1. What Do You Want Out of Work?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
1. What Do You Want Out of Work?

This is a question I think we need to ask ourselves often. It is
also a worthwhile question to pose to our entire team.

Work, for many people, isn’t only about a pay check. And nor should
it be for anyone. Money is simply an exchange for the minimum
duties any job requires. Money gets people showing up on a Monday
morning. Stop the money, they stop showing up (it’s a fairly simple

Successful leaders, managers and organizations are recognizing the
simple fact that it takes much more than money to attract, retain and
inspire talented employees. And conversely employees are demanding
more than just a contractual, financial relationship with their work.

At its ideal work can, and I believe should, provide us with the

A sense of purpose
A sense of identity
The chance to grow creatively, spiritually and intellectually
A sense of belonging
A sense of self worth, pride and involvement
An opportunity to make the best use of our natural talents
An opportunity to feel connected to a larger community
A chance to broaden our social connections
An opportunity to feel loyal towards an idea or vision
A sense of personal achievement and value

So, perhaps this Humpday (it’s as good a time as any) pause for a few
moments to ask yourself what you want from your work. And then ask
the more difficult follow up question how are you going to get there
from here?

And if there are more ideals missing from the list that you think are
important to you, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Humpday! May the farce be with you.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip Word of the Day

Come up with a “word or phrase of the day” (something offbeat,
strange, colourful or just plain goofy) within your immediate office
area and then dole out a small reward to whoever hears the word first
from an outside colleague or customer. You can carry the word on over
successive days, with the prize growing each day, or change the word
every day. (This is also a fun way to poke fun at some of the buzz
lingo your office uses).

I will even start you off: The word of today is “Humpday.” So if
anyone uses the phrase humpday, tell your boss that they have to buy
you a new car.
3. Quote of the Week

“If you are working in a company that is NOT enthusiastic, energetic,
creative, clever, curious and just plain fun, you’ve got troubles,
serious troubles.” Tom Peters

4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

St. John’s Newfoundland wants to change the Municipal Elections Act
to make sure dead people are not eligible to run for municipal
positions (party poopers where will this madness end?).
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 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

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