The Top-10 Workplace Irritants
Drum roll please! Here are the top-10 most annoying workplace
irritants according to a survey by Opinium Research LLP. From
#10 to #1:cold temperatures in the office; messy kitchens; not
turning up on time or at all for meeting; poor bathroom
etiquette, overkill on health and safety stuff; people who
speak too loudly on phones; office jargon/management-speak;
gossip; slow computers; and the number one biggest irritant –
grumpy or moody colleagues!
So what would YOUR team say on a similar survey? And would you
show up on the list?
Other than the slow computers (and today we would use the term
“technologically-challenged” computer), all of these issues can
be at least partially mitigated by simple awareness. And in
most cases humor can help – whether it’s a funny slogan to raise
awareness about loud talking or everyone tapping into their sense
of humor to cope better, an injection of fun and humor can go a
long ways towards creating a less annoying workplace.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
For a fun team building/idea-sparking outing take your team
on a behind-the-scenes-tour of a business in your town. You’d
be surprised by how many companies offer tours, and the insights
and ideas that can be gleaned by touring a jelly bean factory, veterinarian clinic
or brewery could be invaluable.
Quote of the Week
“One thing I’ve learned about humor is that it’s never quite so
funny as when your situation is almost hopeless. You’re dealing
with an absurdity, and the humor arises out of the absurdity.”
It’s a Wacky World
It’s official “Felt Hat” day today, so if you haven’t felt your
hat in a while, please take time to feel it today.
And don’t forget – September 19 is “Talk Like a Pirate Day!”
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2010 www.humoratwork.com
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