Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Astronology - April Fools Day: Employee Morale and How to Kill it in 5 Easy Steps

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Volume X
Issue 3
April 7, 2009
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Fact or Fiction?
We can thank the French for April Fool's Day.


How did April Fool's day start? Well there isn't a specific answer to that question, but the Museum of Hoaxes has a couple theories. "The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool's Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century. The theory goes like this: In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them. Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish-which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools-and so the tradition was born." (Citation courtesy of the Museum of Hoaxes.)
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Getting to the Heart of the Matter
By Charlie Allenson, Chief Improv Officer (CIO), Improving with Improv

These days, just about everyone is not just being asked, but being told to do more with less. So the one thing you cannot afford, to quote Led Zeppelin, is a "Communications Breakdown." Yet it's precisely in times like these that rapid and clear communications are more critical than ever. Communication, along with mental agility and adaptive thinking, can help get you more easily to do the "more" that's being asked of you....more
April Fools Day: Employee Morale and How to Kill it in 5 Easy Steps


For our first article in April, in recognition of April Fool's Day, we've decided to make light of a serious topic. As an August 2008 Training Trends e-newsletter pointed out, there are "countless articles and books that promise to tell employers how to boost employee morale." Why not take a shortcut from buying and reading all of those books and take a look at the top 5 ways to kill employee morale? ....more
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