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Stressed at work? Laughter is the best medicine.
It’s important to maintain a sense of professionalism at the office, but humor absolutely has its place in the business world. Quite simply, we would go crazy without the ability to laugh at ourselves.
In this blog, we go over the importance of humor in the workplace. As long as it’s appropriate, humor can actually be extremely beneficial to a company. It can be good for business, it is cathartic, and promotes team bonding. Enjoy!
Good for Business
Humor makes you a more approachable and relatable person. People with a great sense of humor tend to come across as happier, and people ultimately want to do business with someone who is happy. When working with clients, humor can help smooth over serious situations and make a negative situation much more positive. People always let us know that our smiling faces and our ability to find humor in the workplace makes them feel good. Additionally, we have been told they can hear our smiles through the phone, which in turn makes them smile.
When you are feeling stressed, sometimes a good laugh can make you feel so much better. It allows your body to release endorphins. It clears your head, making it easier to think properly. It loosens you up and relaxes you, allowing you to feel calmer. Dr. Michael Miller, who participated in a study on humor and health, recommends that everyone gets 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day. Some doctors describe laughter as the equivalent to mental jogging. We like this way of thinking!
Sharing a good joke can build camaraderie in the office. Laughter brings people closer together. At most companies, it starts from the top. If your management team has a good sense of humor, it trickles down to all employees. They set the example on when it’s time to work vs when it’s time to have fun.
Keep it Clean
When it comes to humor in the workplace, you want to stick to topics that are universally funny. Nothing too risky, nothing political, no racist jokes, or ones overtly sexual in nature. Picking on fellow coworkers is also not well received. Know your audience.
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