The Hump Humor-Gram, October 27, 2004 Issue #109

In this issue . . .

1. Here’s a Great Idea!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Here’s A Great Idea!

Allowing creative freedom – giving employees a chance to
contribute their ideas and see them acted upon is one of
the top workplace motivators. Conversely, nothing can be
more demoralizing than having your ideas ignored.

Which is why workplaces should routinely assess just how
responsive they are when it comes to acknowledging ideas
prompted from anywhere in the organization. I don’t
necessarily mean implementing the idea, but inspiring
workplaces at least acknowledge the receipt of any idea in
a timely manner, and employees hear back as to whether
or not the idea will eventually be put into practice or not
(and if not, why it won’t be).

American Airlines for example, has a policy wherein every idea
bumped up to the manager must be acted upon with 150 days,
or it will get forwarded to the CEO and the manager will have
some explain’ to do (this sounds more fun if you say it in
a Ricky Ricardo voice). Milliken Global Fabric company is even
more responsive with their 24/72 policy: ideas are acknowledged
within 24 hours; decided and acted upon within 72 hours. This policy
helps explain why the company averaged an astonishing 110
ideas/employee in the year 2002.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Celebrate Halloween with a company costume day, costume contest,
or by dressing up your office, bobbing for apples, bobbing for
donuts, holding a “dress your supervisor” theme day or by trick or
treating throughout your office.
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3. Quote of the Week

“Humor can help you to disagree, without being disagreeable.”
Former U.S. President Gerald Ford
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The Chinese government has refused to allow a father to name
his son @. Yes, that’s right, he wanted to name him @, which,
if nothing else, would have made his e-mail address a tad
confusing. Happy hump day everyone! ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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found at http://www.mikekerr.com

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.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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