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A Favorite Holiday Classic–Revisited

Posted by sybil | On: Dec 20 2016 | Comments (0)
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...

Employment Terms – Not Just for Nonprofits

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 18 2016 | Comments (0)
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...

What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 08 2016 | Comments (0)
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...

“Fast food will never make it!”

Posted by sybil | On: May 06 2014 | Comments (0)
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...

The Funny Thing About Employee Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 01 2014 | Comments (0)
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...

From Slip-Up to Shared Learning

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 04 2014 | Comments (0)
“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...

Everyone Should Have This Type of File

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 19 2013 | Comments (0)
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...

An Updated Holiday Classic

Posted by sybil | On: Dec 18 2012 | Comments (0)
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...

Be Thankful If You Don’t See These Less-Than-Inspiring Posters at Work

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 20 2012 | Comments (3)
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...

“The “Laughing-Learning Link” continued

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 30 2005 | Comments (0)
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”...