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Wanted: Workplaces That Live Up to the Hype!

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

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