Here is Why You Should Laugh at Work

There is a suggestion that humour in the work place is vital for productivity, cohesion and creativity. Not delving too much into the research and science of it all here is why you should laugh while you work.

  • Laughing Boosts Creative Thinking

 Laughter in the workplace can be such a powerful tool to help develop creative thinking in various settings. Not only does it provide amore colourful environment, a playful office also helps encourage openness and diminish the fear of criticism for coming up with outlandish or out of the box ideas.

And humour has been proven to make advertisements more memorable and increase the likelihood of the viewer taking action.

  • Laughter loosens an overly stiff professional environment

When you spend the majority of your day with your co-workers, it is worth your while fostering a playful environment so that it is not all serious faces and glum stares. You can set the tone by making a joke about yourself or someone else.

However, if you do make jokes about others, use it to lift them up and do not make people feel singled out. Jokes should not be used to veil criticism, put somebody down or make light of something serious or sensitive.

  • Laughter Is Preferred to a Tongue Lashing  

When a manager integrates humour in their interactions this is especially appreciated by staff that may be in the wrong more than a scathing barrage of words. Light humour in the workplace is believed to enhance a worker’s coping mechanisms and to reduce worker withdrawal.  And humour has also been shown to improve employee retention and cut down on the overall staff renewal rate.

When there is a manager that is joking around without unnecessarily distracting people from their work they are actually perceived as better leaders and managers.


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