Friday Funny

A look at the lighter side of business, either directly or indirectly, as it relates to facility management and commercial real estate. Issues of morale, workplace humor, and comic relief are highlighted here.

Friday Funny | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

One in four employers has caught an employee faking sick through social media, and one in five has fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

Friday Funny: Sick Again? Don’t Try These Excuses

Friday Funny: Sick Again? Don’t Try These Excuses

One in four employers has caught an employee faking sick through social media, and one in five has fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

Friday Funny: What Did YOU Get From The Office For The Holidays?

Find out some of the most unusual holiday gifts exchanged at the workplace.

Friday Funny: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (With Facility Management Twist–Again!)

FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter flexes his poetic muscle yet again with this retelling of the classic Christmas tale. Move over, Clement Clarke Moore.

Friday Funny: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (With A Facility Management Twist)

FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter displays his poetic talents in this tribute to the most unlikeable Dr. Seuss character. Who knew the Grinch was a facility manager?

Friday Funny: Wasting Time Making Copies

New survey from Brother International Corporation reveals that companies with centralized copiers and printers can waste thousands of hours a year.

Friday Funny: America’s Best Restroom Is A Natural

Popular Philly area public garden captures victory in Cintas' 13th annual potty contest.

Friday Funny: Do Dress Down Friday Up Right

Crowdfunding has brought the world many "innovative" consumer goods it does NOT need, but this little goodie could very well be the best thing since sliced bread.

Friday Funny: Jobs American Workers Fear Most

Cops and firefighters step aside. You don't have the scariest job in the world. Security guards at pop idol concerts have it worse, as do politicians, stand up comedians, kindergarten teachers, parents, and more.

Friday Funny: Hallowed Haunted Penitentiary Walls

Terror Behind the Walls begins with a critical decision: should visitors explore the prison and watch the action, or should they mark themselves to interact with the denizens of the cellblocks?

Friday Funny: And The WIU Band Played On

When a university marching band loses access to its rehearsal area due to construction in the parking lot, facilities management steps in to save the day.

Friday Funny: From One Extreme To The Other – Worst Colleges And Best Law Schools

Best Choice Schools has released its list of the 50 top architecturally impressive law schools in the world, while Washington Monthly has announced its collection of the worst higher education institutions in the country.

Friday Funny: When Dog Days Are A Good Thing

While some facilities professionals have had to deal with the practical (and sometimes not so pleasant) hygienic aspects of pets in the workplace, employees can often benefit. If you have any dog tales to share, there is a contest out there waiting for you.

Friday Funny: Engineering Bright Ideas With Sheep, Dogs, And LEDs

This 2009 advertisement from Samsung hints at just what can be done with LED lamp technology when put in the hands of ingenious Welsh sheep herders, their working dogs, and their flocks.

Friday Funny: Work Martyr Complex Conflicts With No Policy Vacation Policy

Study finds that fear of being replaced and poor communication prevent American workers from taking time off.

Friday Funny: The Latest Fast Food Trend Is Waterless

Many big name fast food franchises like Starbucks and McDonald's are installing waterless urinals as a resource conservation measure.

Friday Funny: If I Can’t Touch The Door Knob, How Do I Get In The Building?

Contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within two to four hours, the virus could be detected on 40% to 60% of workers and visitors in the facilities and among commonly touched objects.

Friday Funny: Millennials Can Cope With Many Things…Except Stress

Research by PsychTests.com indicates that while Millennials possess distinct skills and traits that differentiate them from older generations, they still struggle to deal with the stress factor.

Friday Funny: Repurposing With A Purpose

Your trash may be treasure for some other organization...or vice versa!

Friday Funny: Sitting Without A Chair

Would you trust a Chairless Chair to support your body weight? Or is it just a gimmick that's cashing in on the robotics craze? What do facility managers and engineers think?

Friday Funny: Pre-Schoolers With Power Tools

In the hopes of spreading "the joy of building, revising, and repairing," the goal of the program is to introduce youngsters—perhaps facility managers or engineers of the future—to materials and tools while learning the basics of individual work and teamwork.

Friday Funny: Plumbing Tune Up

With all of their restroom experience, most facility managers know that their fixtures have hidden talents—some pipes can make music under the right conditions. Toilets have been known to hum when flushed, but those sounds are fairly difficult to manipulate. On the other hand, faucets can do impressive things.

Friday Funny: Would You Quit If You Hit The Jackpot?

According to a recent survey, half of U.S. workers would keep working if they won the lottery; three in 10 say they would keep the same job.

Friday Funny: What Does Social Media Say About You?

Your social media presence can help—OR harm—you in the eyes of potential employers.

Friday Funny: Service Call Debacles Can Cost Businesses Big Bucks

The Comcast phone call from hell has been making the rounds, going viral and shaming the company into issuing public apologies for its atrocious treatment of one lone customer. Alas, there are all too many of these incidents out there, and Comcast is not the only offender. And when Americans waste time dealing with service industry issues during work hours, businesses take a massive productivity hit.

Friday Funny: Patriotic Porta Potties

Since most offices in the U.S. will be closed in honor of the July 4th celebration, the FacilityBlog Friday Funny is coming to readers one day earlier.

Friday Funny: Why Don’t We Get Anything Done?

Employers share the most unusual things they've caught employees doing when they should have been working.

Friday Funny: Has Your Boss Asked You To Do Anything Weird?

Did you know that more than one in five workers say their boss asks them to do things unrelated to their job? Fortunately, the same study finds that a majority of workers think their boss is doing a better than average job.

Friday Funny: Beware Of Dog

SquareTrade study shows that 28 million pet owners have had a pet damage an electronic device, with power cords rating the highest this year for number of incidents.

Friday Funny: New Rules For Safe Bouncing

The rapid growth of indoor trampoline parks across the world has allowed the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) to help lead the development of a new ASTM safety standard.

Friday Funny: Do Bosses Prefer Night Owls Or Early Birds?

Even after statistically controlling for total work hours, employees who started work earlier in the day were rated by their supervisors as more conscientious, and thus received higher performance ratings.

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