Do You Find Your Work Fulfilling?

In a company without purpose, people have only a vague idea of why they are do what do. There’s always activity and busyness, but it’s often frenetic, disorganized and focused solely on short-term goals or finances. There is often a lack of direction and commitment without purpose or ‘we are doing this for the sake […]

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How to Use Humor at Work (Part 4)

How to Add Humor at Work Timing can be everything when it comes to humor. Follow these guidelines to increase your chances of getting a few chuckles after your next one-liner: Watch for a playful mood before you tell a joke. Keep your stories short and simple. Laugh at your own jokes when a room […]

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How to Use Humor at Work (Part 3)

The Dark Side of Humor Joking and sarcasm will earn you a few chuckles, but there’s often an element of negativity in funny remarks. You must avoid crossing the fine line that transforms comic relief into hurtful jabs. As with anything in life, execution can elevate or sabotage your intentions. A gentle poke at someone’s […]

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How to Use Humor at Work (Part 2)

Humor and Creativity Humor encourages creativity, allowing you to view challenges from new angles. You’ll enjoy playing with a variety of ideas and making innovative associations. You’ll be more willing to step back and observe, often with a beginner’s mindset. As you begin to search for the exaggerations that make something funny, you use the […]

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How to Use Humor at Work (Part 1)

In the national bestseller Flow, University of Chicago psychologist MihalyCsikszentmihalyi suggests two key factors determine our overall happiness: Our relations with other people How we experience our work You can improve both areas by bringing humor to work each day. Harvard Business Review (September 2003) reports that executives with a sense of humor climb the […]

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Quiz: Kindling Enthusiasm

Pay, praise and promotions may have some effect on motivation levels in the workplace. But these three Ps pale in comparison to more personal factors, such as the Top 5 of the oft-cited research by Rewick and Lawler: job challenge, accomplishing something worthwhile, learning new things, developing skills and abilities, and autonomy.

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