Originally created 03/15/05

Compliments can go a long way, especially with workers



We put the "k" in "kwality."

- Bumper sticker

Smile.

A new study maintains that negativity in the workplace is costing the U.S. economy $300 billion each year. That's billion with a "B."

Tom Rath, of the Gallup Organization, said the study found that when managers focused on employee strengths, 61 percent became actively involved.

When the focus on employees was negative, only 45 percent paid attention, and more than 20 percent ignored the manager altogether.

Mr. Rath, who has written a book on the topic, said praise can be overdone, but it has to be really overdone before it is considered insincere and valueless.

Bottom line?

Grumpies are out, smiles are in. Cheaper, too.

I plan to grin my way to the top.

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WORKPLACE RULES: Harry Chapman makes the following suggestions for company meetings.

l Never arrive on time, or you will be stamped a beginner.

l Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.

l Be as vague as possible; this prevents irritating others.

l When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.

l Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular - it's what everyone is waiting for.

(Most of you are smiling already.)

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DESTINY'S DATE: Today, March, 15, is the famous "Ides of March," made notorious by Shakespeare in his play's fatal warning to Julius Caesar.

We don't use the ides much anymore. They were sort of midmonth designations in the old Roman calendar.

If anyone asks, however, the ides come on the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and on the 13th day of other months.

It might be a question on the new SAT.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Since most guys own three pairs of shoes, why do women think we'd be any good at choosing which pair, out of 30, looks good with their dress?

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TODAY'S JOKE: An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution: "Don't try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the fridge, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, 'You're wasting too much time. Why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"

"Did it save time?" the guy in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in 10."



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