Who’s Your Director of Humor?

Alberta-based Rogers Insurance has an official “Director of Humor” to help ensure “there is a regular dose of humor in the office.” Employees must apply for the four month term position by submitting a humor plan of attack (as opposed to a humorous plan of attack, which brings to mind a Monty Pythonesque skit involving warriors in clown shoes invading Luxembourg with loaded cream pies).

The humor duties are carried out on top of the person’s regular work. The position comes with a small budget to help implement ideas and a financial bonus for the employee at the end of their term. The Director of Humor is expected to hold a minimum number of events and intranet contests and they must submit a report of everything they accomplished in their term. A Director of Humor is just one of the many reasons Rogers Insurance continues to receive accolades for its bigstock-Funny-mask-9098551workplace culture.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t create a Director of Humor in your workplace (and for the life of me I can’t think of a single valid reason), keep in mind that you are your very own director of humor with the power to direct all the voices in your head (I have about nine) to find the funny on the set of your life day in and day out.  (Okay, so it’s a bit corny, but hey, it’s true!)

Michael Kerr is a funny motivational speaker based in Calgary/Canmore, Alberta. Michael helps organizations around the world succeed by putting their humor advantage to work. For more great ideas, sign up for his raved about weekly e-zine, Humor at Work.

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