Uh-oh, it's going to be one of those days. While you're still under the covers, you realize you've gotten up on the wrong side of the bed. And now you're going to the office to share your special brand of gloom and irritation with your colleagues.
Not so fast, bud. Gary Haiser would like you to take the day off, for everyone's sake. Haiser, who runs Personal Wealth Systems, a small direct-sales company in Jacksonville, Fla., thinks bad moods are at least as contagious as the flu. He lets his staff of 10 full-timers and one part-timer take a "blue day" when they need to sort out their troubles. But couldn't an employee abuse the privilege? "If you've got someone like that," he says, "you've got a bad employee." He also has another unique way of cutting office stress: his cocker spaniel, Winnie, a goodwill-ambassador-cum-security-system who roams the halls freely. No word if she can take blue days, too.