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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, September 8, 2004 Issue #102

In this issue . . .

1. Phoning in Grumpy
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Phoning in Grumpy

The study results from a major management consulting
firm remind us of the importance of keeping employees
happy. The study looked at absenteeism rates and found
that only 36% of people that were absent for
“sick days” were legitimately ill.

The rest of the folks were taking their sick days due to
a number of different factors, including feeling generally
stressed and unhappy about their job, or because they
felt entitled to the time off because of the poor way they
were being treated at work.

The implications are rather obvious: ignoring morale
issues or fostering a less-than-positive workplace atmosphere
has a very real impact on productivity and costs.

Here’s an idea: why don’t we all start being more up front
about it by including a few new categories for calling in
sick, such as:

I can’t come into work today because . . .

A. I am sick ____
B. I am sick of my boss ____
C. I am sick of my co-workers, especially Fred ____
D. I am sick of working for an organization
that cares more about the ferns
than they do about me _____

I know, I know, I’m probably ahead of my time here . . .
Happy Hump Day everyone. Here’s wishing you never want to
phone in grumpy in your job . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Cruising the web in search of a service contractor
I needed for a project, I came upon a web site where they
introduced the team members with their photos and the
following information about each employee:
– favorite food
– favorite desk top item
– favorite TV program as a kid

This company stood out for me, head and shoulders past
Their competition I checked out, by making a fun,
personal connection.

So this week’s tip is look for fun ways to make a human connection
when introducing yourself or your employees to the world.
3. Quote of the Week

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
Katherine Hepburn
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A Turkish construction worker is hoping to make it into the
Guinness Book of World Records after squirting milk that he
Snorted up his nose out his left eye a distance of 2.795 meters,
beating the old record of 2.615 meters.

Apparently, there are a few people around the globe that are
capable, due to an anomaly in their tear glands, to squirt
liquids, such as milk, out of your eyes. And, apparently,
you can become famous for squirting milk longer than other
milk squirters. The question is, why would you want to?
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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