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Fun REALLY Works!

This week, I read a small article in Business Week. The article described a project where they created a "musical" staircase (and painted it to look like a piano keyboard). The idea was to get people to climb the stairs instead of riding on the escalator. It was a HUGE success! Here is the clip on the piano staircase.

Piano Stairs

I then visited the website (http://www.thefuntheory.com/). And there are even more examples of fun. I particularly like the bottomless garbage bin.

Bottomless garbage can

For years, we have seen that fun makes a difference. Our customers have seen this in the "Fish! Philosophy" videos as well as our new "Attitude" series with Sam Glenn.

Fun does make a difference and we’ve seen it at work. For example, we found it when we filmed at the company Life is good and at the HealthWorks Kids Museum (which is part of the Tom Peters Re-imagine series). We also found it when we filmed Herb Kelleher and the folks at Southwest Airlines.

So what does this mean for you and your work? I think the lesson is simple. People are motivated by fun anywhere: In the subway, walking in the park, recycling bottles, and even at work. Think about what you can do to make work more fun. How can you engage people? How can you stimulate them to do more by making the experience fun? I know it will make a difference (particularly when times are a little tough) and that you can think of fun things to add happiness to your workday!

Posted under Miscellaneous Thoughts, Training Ideas, HR and Training by Stewart on Oct 30, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Stress Relief for HR Professionals

I recently read an article in Business Week that spoke about the high stress levels experienced by HR professionals - particularly during this recession. The article (which was in the BTW section of the magazine), mentioned that 50% of HR professionals have experienced sleepless nights, 35% have considered changing careers, and 23% have occasionally used a "substance" to cope.

This has been an incredibly stressful time for every HR professional and I don’t have a comprehensive solution I can offer to you. I can, however, offer a something that might help a little: Laughter. We offer several programs that are very funny. More importantly, we offer free online previews of these programs. If you are feeling stressed, why not take a few minutes out of your day to take a look at one of these and laugh. It will release endorphins and might just help alleviate a little of the stress... So without further ado, here are some programs that might give you a chance to chuckle and, I hope, reduce anxiety:

If you need a good laugh, take a look at Loretta Laroche in "STRESSBUSTERS!"

Our new series with Sam Glenn is also very funny. In particular, I love the stories in "A Kick in the Attitude". (If you like that, you can also get a good dose of humor from Sam’s other programs, "Who Put A Lizard In My Lasagna?" and "When Change Happens, Adjust Your Sail").

Finally, you can get a mini dose of humor from some of our meeting videos. Take a look at "Customer Service to the Rescue" or "The Meeting That Would Not Die!" or "Let’s Have the Dam Break" from the Muppet Meeting Films. Well, come to think of it, take a look at any of the Muppet Meeting Films.

We hope that the economic situation continues to improve and that there is a lot more time for joy and laughter for all of you in the future!

To view the programs, simply click on the links above or type the name of the video in our search-o-matic. It will take you right to the product page. There is a preview download section over to the right. As an added "stress relief" bonus, you will receive a $50.00 coupon in the mail off your next Enterprise Media order just because you previewed online. So you can relax, laugh a bit and save the company money on your future purchases. PERFECT! Now where is that coffee coolatta??

Posted under Miscellaneous Thoughts, HR and Training by Stewart on Jul 24, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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