East Side Skids response

Dear West Side Skids – I have a Shakespearean response from the East Side Skids

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and the Sales Support Team is the sun.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Hey, nothing compares to our Kylie Hay
What fools these mortals be!, dear Lord
Marvel at Deidre and her SPORDS
All that glisters is not gold;
But Paul is something to behold.
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!
Karen Magrath solves the Bunnings muddle
What light through yonder window breaks?
Tis Dorine who makes no mistakes.
To die, to sleep, To be or not to be
Heard of Belinda Clark without an e?
She suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
But still completes her cases until exhaustion

Parting is such sweet sorrow,
See you all on the morrow






Rewards and Awards

When considering rewards for effort within a team it is important not to overcrowd the intrinsic motivation with extrinsic motivations. If a person or team is motivated to achieve and do well and this motivation comes from within then to add further extrinsic awards crowds out the intrinsic motivations and in fact can be demotivating. So better to focus on an element of work that is not performing well and that people are not feeling motivated to achieve in. In our team, this could relate to fitness or health standards.

The question then is how to improve health and fitness through a fun and motivating way. We previously had the Biggest Loser campaign and this worked well with some people. These people were probably already motivated to change and so were already intrinsically motivated.  The best way to improve the level of health and fitness is to perhaps provide a fun experience for participants – a way of them getting them to be active without thinking about it.

Dr Seuss Parody

‘The Cat in the Blender’


the sun did not shine.
it was too wet to play.
so we sat in the office
that cold, cold, wet day.

i sat there with Deidre.
we sat there, we two.
and i said, 'how i wish
we had a case to do!'

and then something purred!
how that made us stir!
we looked towards the kitchen!
and what we saw would make you wonder.
It was the cat in the blender

'i know some good games we could play,'
said the cat.
'i know some new tricks,'
'Lets call a vendor,
Said the cat in the blender
Let's create a SPORD
Just because we are bored'

Deidre and i
did not know what to say.
But Kerrie said it was up to us
So we went ahead without fuss.

We raised a SPORD
For two roller skates
Each had a delivery fee
But we didn't care
And so we went down the street 
squealing with glee

What fun we had with our skates
All of a sudden we had a load of mates
Better than doing a tender
Thanks to that cat in the blender


Thinking in the bath?

We don’t follow that path


We’re more modern,

Our iPad may get sodden!


Spords ‘cos you’re bored?

Oh my lord!


Spords for fun?

It shouldn’t be done.


A blender cat?

Who’s heard of that!


Now price uploads and bids,

They bring in the quids


….Well eventually

As you will see


Not that we mean

Your work to demean


A team we are

One that can go far


We just need to work together

In all sorts of commercial weather


Helping each other every day

That’s the Officeworks business team way


Eastside, Westside,

Rivalries we will put aside


Sharks or Jets?

Place your bets.


We’re certain now that the gauntlet’s down

This verbal battle will continue, who will wear the crown?


Murray Tugworthy

Hi – I’m Murray Tugworthy and I’m in charge of the stationery cupboard at work.

One springback clip for each person

You need to bring me the last page of your post it note pack if you want a replacement

If you are here on contract you will receive a bunch of dates for your desktop calendar, but only for the months that you here on contract. I get them cheaper in March, so those who are here on contract Jan & Feb only, I have got some 1998 calendars because that’s when the day and dates coincided with 2016.

Replacement pens can be supplied after 6 months, only if you can bring me the expired pen. Same with highlighters – except their life span is 3 years.

Exercise books can be replaced if presented to me between 2-3 pm on last Friday of the month, fully completed, both sides. Dick and balls pictures don’t count and in fact any examples of graffiti like that will only receive a 48 page 12mm exercise book, not the 128 page 8mm exercise book with a red margin and polypropylene cover.

Remember that 4 ring binders are better than 2 ring binders.

Pencils can be sharpened at both ends.


At this morning’s huddle everyone got together to hear that there was nothing much happening today. In fact, nothing much happened at all on this day in history.


“I haven’t got much to offer today,” Brittany.