Wanted: Workplaces that Lives Up to the Hype!
I recently read a half-page classified ad in the paper, advertising for a position with a former employer. As I read, I laughed harder and harder at the Utopian workplace that was being offered up to prospective employees, because there was absolutely no resemblance to the reality that exists in this very dysfunctional workplace. Which got me thinking: what would the ad would look like if the employees wrote it without any spin doctoring: “As part of the management team you will attend countless, meaningless meetings where your ideas will be constantly shot down. Plus, you’ll work tirelessly in a fun-sucking, soul-destroying work environment.”
You get the drift.
I may sound harsh, but my point is: are you able to write inspiring and honest employee help wanted ads that truly reflect your workplace culture? What if your employees or customers wrote your help wanted ads, how different might the ads look?
Review your help wanted ads and then take a long, hard look at your workplace culture to see if there’s a disconnect between the promise and the reality. ================================================================
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Create a video scrap book of your year. Assign a few folks to
play the role of amateur journalist/videographer and capture
significant events, spontaneous moments, client testimonials,
greetings from new employees, road trip moments, etc. that can
be compiled into a memorable DVD gift for all your employees at
the end of the year.
Quote of the Week
“Catch people in the act of doing something right.” Ken Blanchard
It’s a Wacky World
Proof yet again that there is an endless supply of things you can
reward and celebrate at work – the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction
contest “winner” for the worst opening line in fiction went to the
author who penned this opening line of a novel: “For the first
month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another
at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss; a lengthy, ravenous kiss,
Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a
giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.”
(Ah, the imagery. Sigh. It makes me miss my gerbil.) ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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