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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, September 22, 2004 Issue# 104

In this issue . . .

1. Workplace Techno-Rage
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Workplace Techno-Rage

According to a soon-to-be-released Reader’s Digest
article on pet peeves, technology is a huge source of
stress for many folks. Cell phones during movies and 463
e-mail messages awaiting folks at the office seem to
bother a large number of people.

And according to my own on-line web survey and client
surveys, technology is a huge source of stress, with folks
listing the following types of technology as the most

Computer stress 41%
Cell phone stress 34%
Photocopier rage 25%

Surveys like these suggest that all too often a tool
designed to make our lives easier, has in fact
taken over our minds and is now in charge. Yes, like
some 50’s sci-fi flick, the machines are winning.

Which means we would do well to keep in mind that at least
in theory, WE are still running the show. This means, that
from time to time, we need to firmly, but loving, let our
little helpers know who’s really in charge.

This might mean leaving your cell phone behind for
meetings, or even unplugging your desk phone for a few
hours to create a technology-free zone for a little while.
Sure, your phone may be resentful for a little while, but
in time the wounds will heal.

It will definitely involve talking more firmly to your computer,
to remind it that you are in charge and could turn it off or
have it turned into scrap metal at a moment’s whim if it doesn’t
stop taking over your life and threatening you with fatal error

Just remember folks, if we don’t let them know who’s boss soon,
it may be too late for all of us . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Having just completed an interview for a Reader’s Digest article
about pet peeves, this week’s tip is to use humor to deal with
some of your common workplace pet peeves.

Poll folks in your office to create your own top ten pet peeves
list, then assign each one its own official month. For example,
October might become “Idiots Who Let Their Cell Phones Ring
During Meetings Month,” while January could be official “People
Who Ask for a Favor Five Minutes Before the End of the Work Day

Then do up a simple banner, put it on your bulletin board and
send out an e-mail reminder at the start of each month. The
advantage in doing this is that you raise awareness of some of
those common irritants no one likes to talk about, but in a fun
way. And by dedicating a month to it, it gives people four full
weeks to be reminded NOT to become an annoying pet peever,
because, maybe just maybe, no one’s ever told them before.

You can go one step further by soliciting people for the best
FUN ways of reducing or eliminating the pet peeve of the
month, with the goal being to announce a “Top Ten Ways to Get
People to Clean Their Own Damned Dishes In the Lunchroom” list,
as yet another way to highlight the issue.
3. Quote of the Week

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”
Stephen Wright
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Thousands of football fans at Wilfred Laurier University in
Ontario, Canada, are attempting to make it into The Guinness
Book of World Records on September 25th by parking their 7,000
bottoms simultaneously on 7,000 whoopee cushions, thus
creating the world’s largest known fake flatulent explosion,
the likes of which our humble planet has never heard before.

And let’s all just be grateful that it’s fake.

Happy Hump Day everyone. Keep laughing!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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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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