Humor at work



Feelings affect your work

From the mid 1990s, it became widely realised that not only do feelings and emotions matter, especially to the person experiencing them, but our brains are wired in such a way that much of our behaviour is prompted by emotion rather than reason or thought.
It also became clear that organisations that encourage emotional self-responsibility perform better, and in these organisations good-natured humor is always present.

Humor at work

Humor at work can be used as a stimulant, an initiator and a tonic, to help create conditions that foster the upbeat, energetic working environment. Used appropriately, it lifts and lightens moods, eases tensions and encourages emotional fluidity, making it easier for people to change their minds and opinions without losing face or being humiliated.

Smile is wonderful

One simple technique is to find something positive to appreciate in your current circumstances, whatever they are. It doesn’t have to be a major point, just something that you can feel good about. When you do, you will probably smile, if only a little. Each smile releases a cocktail of neuro-chemicals that reduce anger, decrease stress and anxiety, and inspire creativity. You will probably feel slightly energised and lighter, possibly more optimistic. If you can share this appreciation with someone else, the benefit has just increased exponentially. Not bad, just for a smile. The technique continues to work even as examples become more complex.

Sharing Humor

In an age where workplace pressure is perceived to be increasing, where staff retention is increasingly important, where sickness and absenteeism are major concerns for scores of managers and organisations, constructive humor in the workplace offers new insights and solutions appropriate to every working environment.

Now, do you feel you laugh enough at work?

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