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A Sense of Humour At Work

Mark Twain quote about laughterWhat role does humor play in the work place?

There is plenty of scientific support for the fact that laughter is good for you.  It is good for you physically, because it brings oxygen rich air into your body that stimulates your lungs, heart and muscles in addition to releasing endorphins from your brain.  Laughter is good for you mentally because it reduces stress and it is hard to feel anxious, angry or sad when you are laughing.

I don’t need the science to know that I like to laugh.  It just feels good.

I also know that I like to be around positive people, and most especially positive people that make me laugh.

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo

Business is serious.  There are always issues, challenges and stress.  There are financial pressures, targets to meet, competitive pressures, market pressures and the ever present need to grow.  There are employee issues, product issues, customer issues and supplier issues.  It is easy to let business get you down!

So what role does humor have in the workplace?

In my opinion a workplace without humor is a soulless place and the more humor you can have the better!

Cartoon man laughingHere are 10 thoughts about humor in the workplace.

  1. The person who brings a smile in the work place brings a “value add” above their other skills.
  2. If humor can reduce stress then that alone is a big reason to find ways to introduce humor.
  3. Humor needs to be universal … some humor can be at the expense of others and that can be destructive.
  4. People who can make others laugh tend to be positive people, and you should always want positive people around.
  5. Humor defuses tough situations, which frees up people’s brains to focus on the issue without the distraction of stress.
  6. A smile is infectious so humor can have a positive effect on a whole team, even those who don’t necessarily get the humor!
  7. I don’t want to work in an environment where there is no laughter, so I assume others feel the same way.  Laughter is therefore good for staff retention.
  8. Leaders should actively encourage humor.  This may seem strange, but given that there are so many benefits, why wouldn’t leaders want to put a focus on this?
  9. Business is serious, but finding ways to bring humor into the workplace is likely to improve performance because everyone is less stressed.
  10. Leaders need to set the example.  A smile costs nothing, but is worth a lot.  Laughter costs nothing but has positive physical and mental impacts … just do it!

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Charlie Chaplin

A CEO, a supervisor and a line worker went into a workplace…
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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3 thoughts on “A Sense of Humour At Work

  1. Laughter is the universal language of the spirit.
    A language that everyone immediately understands.
    When I get up each day, no matter the tasks I have in front of me, by the end of the day, if I’ve been able to make someone smile, or better yet, LOL……
    That is a day I feel I’ve contributed to the world =^{0

  2. Good attitude Lloyd … it costs us nothing to spread a little cheer, but it can mean so much!

  3. Hope you have a smile on your face, Kevin.
    If so, as they say, “Mission Accomplished”

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