Humor at Work: Get Up Close and Personal in the Workplace

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Only two more sleeps until the day you’ve been waiting for. . .
Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRRRR! So grab your eye patches
and polish up on your piratese by cruising over to
www.talklikeapirate.com.
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1. We’re Back. And This Time It’s Personal

We’re back (in case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve been gone)! Summer’s
over! The bugs are gone, the kids are back in school and now
it’s time for many of us to roll up our sleeves and get back to
serious work (okay, whoa Nelly, not THAT serious!). Partly because
it’s the end of summer and partly because it’s the start of the
school year, many people consider this time of year to be as
much of a time of reflection and new beginnings as they do the
first of January. So here’s an idea to try out that some workplaces
do rather successfully: the next time your team/squad/gang/herd
meets to plot future work goals, spend some time sharing personal
life goals as well. The reason teams do this is it helps people
to get to know each other at a more personal level, and it also
serves as a way of identifying folks who might be able to help you
achieve your goal. As in, “Oh, you want to learn to play the tuba,
my cousin Hank is a tuba instructor!” or “I’m trying to lose 10
pounds, learn Spanish, teach my dog Rex how to fetch my beer, and
remodel my kitchen, anyone have any resources/ideas to share?”
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Planning a fall office clean up? Hold a contest for the oldest
or strangest object unearthed in the “excavation.” Our local
community practiced this same idea with a highway clean-up day,
where sponsors offered prizes for people who found the strangest
object (this years winner found a gun hidden in a sock!). This is
also an on-going game/contest you can hold with your cleaning
employees – award a small goofy prize for the wackiest found item
each month, and a grand prize for the oddest object of the year.
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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

(Wow. And you thought we were just having fun all this time!?)
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A California man has trained his goldfish to play basketball,
play soccer and, naturally, to limbo dance under a bar. Comet,
the over-achieving goldfish, also slaloms around poles and
fetches. (I’m sure some of you will now be having a very serious
talk with your dog tonight.)

Happy Hump Day one and all. It’s great to be back.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. mike@mikekerr.com www.mikekerr.com

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