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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, September 15, 2004 Issue #103

In this issue . . .

1. Another Great Place to Work . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Another Great Place to Work . . .

An international transportation company earned top spot as the
best place to work in Denmark by the Great Places to Work
Institute – a global research and management firm that has
started an awards system to recognize outstanding workplaces.

This year’s Denmark winner is the Kjaer Group, a company
that puts a premium on having fun. In-house squash courts,
ice cream during the hot summer months, and a CEO who
puts on a blonde wig and dress to award the “Order of the
Elephant” to a deserving employee, are just a few of
the fun perks the company offers its employees.

But of course it’s not about window dressing. The Great
Place to Work Institute looks at workplace values such as
credibility, respect and camaraderie. Workers in a “Great
Place” must have pride in what they do, trust in their
senior management, and enjoy the people they are working

According to the head of the Great Places to Work Institute:
“The best workplaces are the ones with managers concerned about
how the employees are doing, not as employees but as people
with families.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Every Wednesday, a bald restaurant owner in California charges
customers based on the amount of hair they have. Come in to Gary’s
Uptown Restaurant and Bar with half a head of hair and pay half
the price; fully shaved and the meal is free.

Which brings to mind three fun ideas we can use:

1. Create a wacky “special” day of your own to generate
some free publicity and attention from your customers.
2. Offer awards, special honors etc. based on a personal attribute
or something you feel passionate about.
3. Shave your head. Let’s face it, if a lot of us showed up at the
office next Monday with shaved heads, it would be pretty hard not
to laugh.
3. Quote of the Week

“Humor is not only distinctively human, but important to human
life in a way that nothing else is.”
John Morreall, Professor of Philosophy
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Most folks have likely heard of the “Six Degrees of Kevin
Bacon” game, wherein you try to find the links between
various actors in the shortest number of moves.

Well, according to mathematician Duncan Watts, the average
Kevin Bacon number is 2.918. Yes, the study of Kevin Bacon
has made it into math class. The number means that, on
average, you can match any actor to one of Kevin’s movies
in just under three moves.

Here’s hoping there is nothing separating you from your sense of
humor this week. Happy Hump Day everyone!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
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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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