Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are You Out of the Office?

With the holidays upon us, the "out of office" auto-responders are on the rise. The best auto-responder we saw was this:

"Thank you for your message. I will be out of the office for the weekend. I'll be back in Monday."

Wow! We now have to let the world know that in fact we are not available 24/7...that we actually have a life. Of course, we're ones to talk...we're typing this at 9:30pm on a Wednesday night.

Well the holidays should not be any different. Don't let people know that you aren't focused on your job even though you are away. Be sure to set up your auto-response for the holidays as the following:

"Thank you for your email. Although I am out of the office for the holidays, please know that while I'm away with family and friends, rest assured I am thinking about my job."

When we send out our newsletter, we do get the 'Out of Office' auto-responses quite a bit. We imagine that with this particular subject, we will get the following: "Out of Office: Are You Out of the Office?"

Remember to have fun whether you are in the office or out of the office this holiday season!

As business humor speakers, The O'Shea Report offers corporate comedy, motivational humor keynotes, and change speakers for meetings and conventions.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

CASE STUDY: Sales Awards Program

250 Sales professionals and guests for annual sales awards banquet.

Generate excitement and fun in order to build goodwill between new management and employees.
Reward employees for a successful roll-out of new corporate initiatives.
Encourage sales force to view changes with an open mind.

The division had been dealing with corporate change initiatives during the past year, in addition to management changes. The O'Sheas were brought in by the VP of Sales in order to boost sales force morale and to help them view their changes with a fresh perspective.

The O’Shea Report presented their keynote program “Change 180.”
Prior to the program, Tim and Kris researched the organization and interviewed people at various levels to see what stressors and changes they were facing.

Based on their findings, The O’Sheas customized their keynote program to help the group release tension around their relevant issues through laughter. Several custom segments were presented that reflected their current issues in a fresh and funny manner, including two custom videos about a new corporate initiative.

The sales associates loved the program and the upbeat tone carried over into their work environment in the days that followed. Employee morale was boosted as people had common “inside jokes” to positively bond them in their interactions.

"Thank you again for doing a great job at our annual Awards Banquet. You were a huge hit. You exceeded all my expectations. We will definitely be suggesting your services to our sister divisions as well as our corporate offices. I look forward to working with you again some day."
--Steven Nicolazzi, VP of Sales for US Foodservice Allentown

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As Corporate Comedians, The O'Shea Report offers corporate comedy, change keynotes, and motivational humor keynotes for meetings and conventions.