Humor and Fun in the Workplace

 

Sit with children as they play and you will hear a joyful sound: the sound of laughter. Children can be counted on to make fun even out of unpleasant work. What do they know that we have forgotten? They know how to laugh. They know how to add a dimension of playfulness to boring chores. Make a mental survey of people that you find uplifting and fun to be around. What is the common denominator? They know how to laugh and how to have fun. Can laughing and having fun on the job make a difference in the way we do our jobs? Absolutely !

Dr. David Abramis at Cal State Long Beach has studied fun at work for years. He’s discovered that people who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive, better decision-makers, and get along better with co-workers. They also have fewer absentee, late, and sick days than people who aren’t having fun.

 

Did you know that …

1. The average pre-schooler laughs or smiles 400 times a day? Or that the number drops to only 15 times a day by the time people reach age 35?

2. People smile only 35 percent as much as they think they do?

3. Laughter releases endorphins, a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine, into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise?

4. Every time you have a good hearty laugh,you burn up 3 1/2 calories?

5. Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing and invigorating cells? It also increases the pain threshold, boosts immunity, and relieves stress.

 

Six Reasons that fun can improve work quality and mental health:

1. Fun breaks up boredom and fatigue

2. Fun fulfills human social needs

3. Fun increases creativity and willingness to help

4. Fun fulfills the need for mastery and control

5. Fun improves communication

6. Fun breaks up conflict and tension

 

In a little over a week, we will be attending our company outing at Six Flags over Georgia.  What a great way for everyone to come together, get to know each other a little better, and have lots of fun as a group!

 
The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain

 

Have a great Thursday everyone!    -LaTessa

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Congratulations Cayla!!

Cayla Lee, the daughter of Candy who works in our Accounting department, graduated from Mooreville High School this past weekend. She is a very beautiful and talented young lady who has a very bright future ahead of her.  Candy, I know you are so proud of her!! Congratulations Cayla!!!!!!!!!!

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The Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day blog picThe Meaning of Memorial Day

Just as I was getting ready to go get in the pool and get the grill ready for tonight, I paused for a moment to work on my blog for tomorrow. The kids are playing in the neighborhood and the air is thick with the smell of grilling. I wondered how many of those on the lake, at the beach and in the pools understand the sacrifice those have made for us to enjoy the freedoms we have. I found this article from a military widow and wanted to share it with all of you. God bless our Troops and their families. – – Tommy Sims

The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward

For so many people, Memorial Day is about the start of summer, family cookouts and trips to the beach. And while all those things celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans, for the families of our fallen troops Memorial Day is deeply personal.

It’s a day when I remember my husband, Army Brigadier General Tom Carroll, who died in Alaska in November 1992 alongside 7 other soldiers during what should have been a routine flight. I remember his dashing good looks, his insightful personality, his love for classic cars and most especially — his smile.

I also remember on Memorial Day the journey through grief that I and thousands of other military families have made. My steps forward since 1992 are intrinsically linked to the death of my husband in service to our great nation. The feelings I carry on Memorial Day are a mixture of pride in his service, joy in remembering him and sorrow over his death — all bundled inside one person.

The months and early years after Tom’s death were hard for me — and for the other families whose loved ones died on that cold mountain. Our lives were blanketed in sorrow and we had to find our way outside the military community and establish what our “new normal” would be.

Our lives had headed down a path none of us had chosen. Yet, here we were living it. When we gathered for the first anniversary of that 1992 crash, we found solace and strength in each other — finding true understanding and peer support.

I undertook two years of research into the support services available for bereaved military families and designed the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to fill gaps in care.

TAPS provides comfort and care to all those grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. We offer peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces.

Who would have known back then that because of our work in peacetime that TAPS would stand ready to comfort the families of those who died at the Pentagon on 9/11? And that we would embrace the families of thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate price in Iraq and Afghanistan? TAPS has assisted more than 50,000 people affected by military deaths in combat, training accidents and by suicide.

This may be our last Memorial Day with U.S. combat troops stationed in Afghanistan. And while our nation is moving toward closing the chapter on the Global War on Terror, the reality is that our military families will live with the impact of loss for a lifetime.

It takes on average, 5-7 years for a family to reach a “new normal” after suffering a traumatic loss. Hundreds of children and teens attend our TAPS Good Grief Camp year after year, for help in coping with the loss that they live with every day.

More than 2,400 people will gather this weekend near Washington, DC to participate over Memorial Day weekend in the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. Together, we will remember the love and celebrate the lives of our fallen troops.

For the youngest in the TAPS family, this is special weekend filled with memories of love and pride for a parent or sibling they lost. One of the children who “grew up” attending camp wrote to me recently saying:

I grew up in TAPS. After losing my dad I was able to find other kids who knew how I felt. We learned stuff on how to grieve and I don’t feel that isolated and alone anymore. Now that I am 18 and headed off to college, I want to be there and support those younger kids who are just like I was at 5-years old. I want to give them the same life changing experience I had at TAPS, that chance to wear the red tee shirt, and backpack, and just feel normal for a few days.

Children like Weston, who lost his dad in 2002 during preparation for deployment, show the need for long-term TAPS support services for the families of our fallen military. The needs of these families will go far beyond the end of hostilities. More than 500 school-aged children like Weston will be part of the TAPS Good Grief Camp this weekend. These children are the living legacy of the brave men and women who died while serving our country.

While deaths in war zones are often public and attract attention, our service members lose their lives in peacetime too. They leave behind parents, spouses, siblings, children and a host of people who are deeply affected.

It is my hope, that our nation does not forget our military families who have paid the ultimate price in service to country, when the Afghanistan war draws to a close. We won’t forget them and we stand ready to help — whether a death occurs on the drill field, on foreign soil or here at home.

When I walk into the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day for the official national observances alongside Weston and hundreds of others who have lost a loved one serving our country — I will remember Tom, and so many others who have given so much to this country. We have our freedoms and dreams today — because of their sacrifices. And I will renew my commitment to honor our fallen military troops every day, by continuing the TAPS mission to care for their families.

Won’t you join us?

Bonnie Carroll is a military widow and the founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Get more information about TAPS at www.taps.org.

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Memorial Weekend

I hope you each enjoy your three day weekend.  Have a fun and safe Memorial Day. – Louis

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

The legacy of heroes is the mrmory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. – Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield)

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. – William Harvard

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Productivity = Prosperity

“Productivity  =  Prosperity” is a simple quote of Luke’s but a powerful one.  It is printed at the top of your daily board to remind you to maximize every opprtunity and you WILL reap the benefits.  Below are the definitions of both words.

pro·duc·tiv·i·ty

The quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services: The productivity of the group’s effort surprised everyone.

pros·per·i·ty

A successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
I hope you all have a successful day!  – Will
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All Smiles

DM'sYesterday we held our monthly P&L meeting at the Fulton office. As you can see from the smiling faces of the District Managers, April proved to be an outstanding month. Congratulations to ALL the District Managers for hitting their budgeted numbers and thanks to all team members who made April a huge success!  Let’s work hard the rest of this month to make May even better! — Luke

“If everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of itself.”  Henry Ford

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Enthusiasm-Discipline-Success

Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”

– Henry Ford

Discipline

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”

– Tiger Woods

Success

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a great week!

Janna

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Candor

Recently the management team read a book “Winning” by Jack Welch. Jack was the CEO of GE. During his tenure from 1981-2001 GE’s company value rose 4000%. To say he was an outstanding leader is an understatement.

One of Jack’s main philosophies is what he called the dirty little secret “Candor.” If candor is missing in the work place, people will not know where they stand, or what they need to do to improve. At times candor can be difficult, but had you rather have someone be honest about your performance or sugar coat it and you get blindsided? For each of us to become the best, we must be honest with ourselves.

Am I giving 110% everyday?

What can I do more to be more productive?

Do I go the extra mile?

Do I want to be the best at what I do, or just get by and collect a check?

Do I hold myself and my teammates accountable?

Candor can be difficult, but it will also set you on a path to success in everything you do.

Candor : The word candor means honest and frank expression.

  • Cease what      you are doing. Count to 10. Take a break. Do what you have to do to cool      down.
  • Ask      yourself, what is going on? How many people are involved? What exactly is happening?     
  • Name the      problem as you see it. Describe it to the others without blaming anyone.      Adding fuel to the fire is an easy way to get burned.
  • Discover a      problem-solving plan with those involved. Make a compromise. Ask another person not involved for an opinion.
  • Operate      that plan. Put it into effect with the cooperation of the others involved.      Make sure everyone involved knows the problem-solving plan.
  • Re-evaluate      the plan. Often people do not complete the process of putting a plan of      action in place because they feel better after talking things over or they      get distracted. When the problem arises again, they think their      problem-solving efforts have been wasted. Instead, resolve to use the      plan.

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be” Jack Welch

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Thank You!

blog photoThe Accounting Department was thrilled again to receive their cash prize for April’s budget goals being met.  Thank you for your awesome teamwork to make April a BIG success!

“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –Mattie Stepanek

Rachel and the Accounting Girls

 

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Teamwork

I would like to thank everyone for the response you have had to our new training system.  This is an excellent way to learn and prove that our team at Montgomery Enterprises truly is the best!  Keep up the good work!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much- Helen Keller

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. ~John Donne

None of us is as smart as all of us. ~Ken Blanchard

Team means Together Everyone Achieves More! ~Author Unknown

 

Have a great Tuesday!  – LaTessa

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