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From Discombobulation to Recombobulation

From Discombobulation to Recombobulation

by Frank Roche on February 16, 2009

in Communication

recombobulation

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Milwaukee lately, and I have to say that Mitchell Field has become one of my favorite airports. The scale is a nice breather from Philly and Chicago. The common area has really good restaurants and shops, including a Usinger’s, a Harley Davidson shop, and Renaissance Books, a used book store. And the TSA people are really nice. I mean that — they do their job, but they do it like normal people. And they have a “recombobulation” sign.

The recombobulation sign at the end of the screening area — where people are putting on their shoes, pulling on sweaters and belts, and stuffing computers back in bags — is a perfect description of what goes on. Instead of the frazzled feeling I normally have when all that’s going on, I usually laugh when I see the recombobulation sign.

If TSA can use humor in their very serious work, why is it so difficult to think about in HR communications? It shouldn’t be. Humor works. It stirs emotion. It’s memorable. And we all know we could use a little more recombobulation in HR these days.

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