Lighten Up At Work

This article focuses on ideas to having more fun at work by employing a

more light-hearted approach. I hope these ideas, obtained from several

sources, will spark you to share as well. Wouldn’t it be great to smile

more while putting in all those hours on the job? Have fun, giggle, and

make life easier for yourself and the people you spend a lot of time

with.

Laughter works because it increases blood circulation, feeds oxygen to

the brain, pumps out hormones that aid alertness, and releases

pain-killing endorphins. These effects can improve mental skills such

as decision making, negotiating, data organization, and word

association. Tell me how any boss could argue with those benefits.

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Years ago I listened to a speaker, Jim Pelley of Laughter Works, who

proposed that companies consider having a CEO of HOHO (Creative Employee

Organizer who Helps Others Handle Obstacles). The concept is great. I

jotted down these points on how to incorporate more humor into the work

place.

* use props such as humorous posters on the employee bulletin board or

in your work space

* decorate a plant with a red rubber nose, scarf, silly glasses, magic

wand, 리니지프리서버순위 etc.

* create a humorous sick leave, bathroom or vacation policy to parody

those typical boring office policy manuals

* keep a cartoon or joke book near the telephone to relax and laugh

while you are on hold (not only will you feel better, you’ll probably

carry over that smile and boost up the spirits of whoever answers the

phone thereby lightening up their day too)

* give out monthly awards for the most creative use of telephone time,

late-to-work excuses, expense account rationalization, etc.

* sing out your complaints (use whatever form of music fits you or pick

something that isn’t you to really make a point)

* take a quick laughter break every two hours (you should walk away from

anything you’re doing periodically anyway so why not make it fun?!)

* when you are having a “train-wreck-of-the-mind” or a “mental meltdown”

it’s even more critical to step away in order to keep things in

perspective and restore your positive outlook.

* Jim’s a fun speaker – check his website at

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One of the reasons we respond to people with a sense of humor is that

humor implies control and command of a situation. If there is a crisis,

an emergency, a time of challenge – and a leader can joke in the face of

it – it implies that a solution has been found, the right path to follow

has been determined. Humor is the ultimate expression of being cool,

calm, and collected. A great example is during 1944, the German army

had the 101st Airborne Division surrounded and trapped at Gastogner.

When the German commander presented an ultimatum to surrender to General

McAuliffe, he gave a one word answer: “Nuts!” It brought a smile to

Allied faces throughout the world and a new resolve to the men of the

101st to break out of the ring and move on to win – and they did.

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As I’ve stated in other articles, I keep material gathered from all

sorts of places. This came from a workbook somewhere. I hope you enjoy

it and consider posting it.

The New “Throw Your Weight Around” Diet

If you’re worried about not getting all the exercise you need because

you’re not jogging, swimming, or playing tennis, worry no more. A study

released by the U.S. Foreign Service Medical Bulletin shows that

managers do indeed burn up calories despite the sedentary nature of

their jobs. The following chart tells how, along with the number of

calories burned per hour.

* beating around the bush 75

* jumping to conclusions 100

* climbing the walls 150

* swallowing your pride 50

* passing the buck 25

* throwing your weight around (depending on your weight) 50 to 300

* dragging your heels 100

* pushing your luck 250

* making mountains out of molehills 500

* adding fuel to the fire 150

* wading through paperwork 300

* bending over backwards 75

* jumping on the bandwagon 200

* running around in circles 350

* eating crow 225

* climbing the ladder of success 750

* pulling out all the stops 75

* wrapping it up at day’s end 12

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Have you ever wondered what those adjectives on job performance

evaluations mean? What follows are some enlightening definitions.

Quick thinking: offers plausible excuses for mistakes

Takes pride in his work: conceited

Tactful in dealing with superiors: knows when to keep his mouth shut

A keen analyst: 리니지프리서버추천 thoroughly confused

Meticulous in attention to detail: a nit picker

Strong adherence to principles: stubborn

Demonstrates qualities of leadership: has a loud voice

Approaches difficult problems with logic: finds someone else to do the

job

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Keep personal anecdotes that are funny or embarrassing that happened to

you and use them to illustrate a point. This makes you real and 리니지프리서버팩 builds

rapport. Make sure they are relevant to your message. Use humor 리니지프리서버 to

make or enhance a point.

Create a humor file of cartoons, quotes, photographs, postcards, jokes –

anything you think is funny. Save them for meetings or presentations.

You can even open up the file when you need to cheer up yourself!

Think of the most bizarre or weird things that might happen if you

followed a certain course. Some brainstorming sessions have reaped a

real treat when they ended up coming up with the best solution when they

were being “silly” because they stepped out of “reality” and let their

creativity and imagination take over.

If you have a hard time being witty on your own – use a prop.

Visual aids help people remember the message and the speaker.

Humor can focus the group, remove tension from the room and be very

healing to the soul. A whimsical anecdote can set up or amplify a

subject matter. A good story is also an opportunity to build rapport

and set up a “sameness” between you and your audience.

Steve Allen said “Nothing is funnier than the everyday humor of

reality”. During a boring or frustrating meeting, while on hold on the

phone, or while standing at the copy machine – think about situations

that had you shaking your head in disbelief or amusement and let those

memories bring a smile to your face.

If these ideas haven’t provided you with some delightful diversions for

your work space or work place, then I don’t know what we can do but

track you down and find your tickle spots! Bring some silly into the

serious and see how much more quickly and easily the day goes by.

Remember the old saying: All work and no play make Jack (or Jill or

anybody else) a dull person. Let your outer and inner dimples show –

it’s healthy for your body, mind, and soul!