In the spirit of the season, here’s an updated version of Clement C. Moore‘s beloved holiday poem. One Crazy Cool Yule [Author unknown] “Twas the Night before Christmas” has lots of nice rhymes But I fear that the tale doesn’t fit modern times. What is a kerchief? My dad wears no cap. He snores the whole
I’ve always enjoyed tongue-in-cheek translations of help wanted ads. Apparently, so does nonprofit executive and humorist Vu Le who compiled such a list for his Nonprofit with Balls blog. Here are some of my favorite employment translations from that list that are also applicable to for-profit organizations. Describing the organization A dynamic work environment: We are really disorganized.
Plenty, if you’re cynical about it. And such cynicism is not surprising given how many employees endure lame attempts to improve engagement. For example: Providing a special lunch for employees as a token employee appreciation event. Conducting periodic employee engagement or satisfaction surveys with little or no follow-up. Creating an HR or cross-company employee committee
Legend has it that a commercial lender at one of the banks I once worked for said those words when rejecting a loan application by a business customer who wanted to purchase a MacDonald’s franchise. Fortunately, the customer was able to obtain a loan at another bank and became a successful regional franchisee. Unfortunately, the
It’s easy to make fun of employee engagement based on how some companies approach it. They proclaim “employees are our greatest asset” — it says so in our annual report! — but it’s all lip service. They conduct an employee engagement survey or two, but don’t respond to the results. They may even appoint an employee
“I’m never wrong. I thought I was once, but I was mistaken.” – Lucy Van Pelt We all make mistakes and, hopefully, we all learn from them. Here are some non-threatening and productive ways to institutionalize learning from our mistakes in the workplace. Mistake of the Month – At staff meetings, have employees share stories of
It’s a “Smile File” — a place to save favorite cartoons, emailed jokes and funny quotes/bumper stickers/signs, special notes from colleagues and friends, photos of fun times, etc. In stressful times, it serves as a wonderful reminder to take a deep breath and lighten up. I have both a print Smile File in a filing cabinet
With apologies to Clement C. Moore, you can find many “Twas the Night Before Christmas” parodies. In the holiday spirit, here’s one of my favorites. One Crazy Cool Yule [Author unknown] “Twas the Night before Christmas” has lots of nice rhymes But I fear that the tale doesn’t fit modern times. What is a kerchief?
The source of the following irreverent, satirical sayings comes from Despair, Inc: “Just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important.” “Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.” “The best leaders inspire by example. When that’s not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well, too.” “The secret to
I have another source of fun material for you as a follow up to my last post. I just ordered these & haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but I didn’t want to wait to tell you about them (especially given the number of books on my “to read” list). So check out