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Knock, Knock

Who's there? Some grouchy employers--now lighten up!

It's just plain depressing to know that only a handful of employers make any attempt to lighten the monotonous drudgery of their hard-working employees--you know, sponsoring a few face-painting parties or an intercom-assisted Friday afternoon disco now and then. According to New York City consulting firm William M. Mercer Inc., a survey of 286 employers revealed that a bleak 8 percent incorporated fun into their work environment. An admirable 4 percent had hired a humor consultant. To the 63 percent that gave a shameful "neutral" reply, the least you can do is prepare your staff for a mandatory observation of International Fun at Work Day, coming up on April 6.

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This article was originally published in the March 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Knock, Knock.

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