Michael Kerr

Slowing Down the Master Wheels

Slowing Down the Master Wheels

Do you have trouble shutting down the hamster wheel? According to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the less you detach psychologically during your off hours, the higher your emotional exhaustion in twelve months’ time. Translation: You’ll have a very cranky hamster with little desire to keep the wheel moving!

Curtailing the Constant Complainers in Your Life: How to Turn Complainers Into Explainers

Curtailing the Constant Complainers in Your Life: How to Turn Complainers Into Explainers

Tired of the whiners, complainers, gripers and groaners in your workplace? Negative employees are an all-too-common anchor around the neck of too many work teams. 

Social Support is the Key to Staying Happy, Fighting Stress and Finding the Funny in Life

Social Support is the Key to Staying Happy, Fighting Stress and Finding the Funny in Life

Study after study has found that social support is key when it comes to fighting stress and staying happy. And when it comes to the role of humor, there’s a critically important chicken and egg relationship.

Creating French Fry Moments

Creating French Fry Moments

Google has a rather odd phrase they use in their company: “French fry moments.” They use this phrase to convey the concept of anticipating employees’ needs. The phrase and concept came about after an executive saw a scene on the sitcom 30 Rock, wherein one of the characters, Tracy Jordan, becomes outraged after an employee brings him a burger but doesn’t include the fries he didn’t order, prompting Tracy to shout, “Where are the French fries I didn’t order!? When will you learn to anticipate me?!” 

Here Are 10 Things That Don't Require Any Special Talent or Skill...

Here Are 10 Things That Don't Require Any Special Talent or Skill...

To remind people of the need to play nice and be a good neighbor and supportive co-worker, why not create a giant-sized customized list of the “Top-10 Things That Don’t Require Any Talent Or Special Skills.” Most of you have probably seen this list pop up on your social media feeds – and whether you write it on a flip chart, create giant posters, or write it on your lunch room whiteboard – share the list or display it in a prominent place as a constant reminder to everyone.

Speaking Up & Speaking Out at Work

Speaking Up & Speaking Out at Work

A few weeks ago, in my weekly e-zine Inspiring Workplaces,  I raised the issue of employees not speaking up in their workplaces. I was flooded with responses from subscribers adding to the list of reasons employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their senior managers. Some told stories of how they were fired for speaking up too often at work, while others had been demoted or reprimanded for speaking up. And one person shared how she was let go for not speaking up enoughat work!

How to Become a Dream Team Mate

How to Become a Dream Team Mate

If you want to be happier, more fulfilled in life, less stressed out, and more successful in your career, then be someone who is easy to work with! Improving your relationships with your teammates, or better still, becoming a dream teammate, will help you achieve all those goals and then some.