1. The Smile Squad to the Rescue
The New York ad agency Iris knows how to keep the workplace
FUNdamentals firmly in place. Their Smile Squad has its very
own logo, and more importantly, a budget to help maintain
the happiness of their 475 employees. The agency also has a
Sports Squad, which helps keep everyone fit, and a Lash Squad,
which ensures that once in a while folks get together to
enjoy a refreshing beverage.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
The White House for many years had what was unofficially called
“The Comedy War Room,” where speech writers, comedians and aides
worked on adding humor into various presidential speeches that
were expected to be funny. So why not take this idea and create
a “comedy war” room for your company, with a contingent of creative
and willing participants ready to brainstorm ideas for how humor
could be used to deal with an important company presentation,
a customer problem or on-going workplace stressor. Your Comedy
War Room squad could also be used to come up with humorous lines
or fun ways to deal with chronic customer or employee stressors.
Remember, two or three heads are usually funnier than one!
3. Quote of the Week
“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an
event, deal with it and then move on.” ~Bob Newhart
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
From a survey by Robert Half Technology of 1,400 chief information
officers, here are some of the wackiest help questions they have
been asked: “Why isn’t my wireless mouse attached to the computer?”
“Can you resent the Internet for me?”
“My computer is telling me to press any key to continue. Where is
the ‘any’ key?”
Happy Hump day. Remember, if you suppress laughter . . .you run the
risk of milk coming out your nose.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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