Humor in the Workplace

´Let·s get goofyµ

Overview and Goals
‡ Learn about the physiology of laughter ‡ Have some fun and giggles ‡ Learn some humor tips ‡ Bring fun to work with you ‡ Spread the fun germ ‡ Be serious about fun in your life ‡ Simple acts of fun ‡ Share some fun stories or ideas

Topics
‡ Benefits of laughter ‡ What makes humor an important part of the workplace ‡ A twelve-step program fun-nomenon ‡ Humor tips and how to help create fun-actics with your team ‡ Funny resources ‡ Day to day fun- what YOU smiling at!

Did you know that ...
‡ The average pre-schooler laughs or smiles 400 times a day? ‡ People smile only 35 percent as much as they think they do? ‡ Laughter releases endorphins, a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine, into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise?

.. ‡ Every time you have a good hearty laugh. boosts immunity. and relieves stress. you burn up 3 and 1/2 calories? ‡ Laughing increases oxygen intake.Did you know that .. thereby replenishing and invigorating cells? It also increases the pain threshold.

‡ better decision-makers. . They discovered that people who have fun on the job: ‡ are more creative.Smiling statistics ‡ Many doctors have researched and has studied fun at work for years. ‡ more productive.

and sick days than people who aren't having fun. ‡ They also have fewer absentee. ‡ They are more open to change and exploring new ways to do things . late.Smiling statistics ‡ They get along better with co-workers.

98 percent preferred job candidates with a sense of humor to those without ‡ Another survey indicated that 84 percent of the executives thought that employees with a sense of humor do a better job than people with little or no sense of humor. .Smiling statistics ‡ A survey had found that of 737 CEOs surveyed.

senior administrators and human relations personnel check humor as one of the choice attributes of a desired employee. ‡ When asked about the qualities of an effective employee. .Smiling statistics ‡ An International survey stated only 15% of workers are fired because of lack of competence. ‡ The remaining 85% are let go because of their inability to get along with fellow employees.

Maslow·s Pyramid of Needs .

In today·s times we need humor more than ever.Why bring your funny bone to work?? ‡ A work environment that cultivates fun ² grows in energy. self-esteem and team spirit ‡ In working environments where humor is supported there develops a culture that utilizes the humor to reduce stress and provide perspective. . ‡ Learning to laugh at ourselves and our work lightens the load.

‡ Infuse your training with acts of fun and you will engage your audience . the person that performs well succeeds.Humor energizes us« ‡ A fun culture motivates and nurtures ´want toµ vs. ‡ Fun is an important tool in the trainer·s belt. ´got toµ ‡ Productivity is a performance art.

it stimulates the senses ‡ A fun culture means being prepared to break out of the box ² doing the unexpected ² willingness to look or be silly .Humor energizes us« ‡ Fun is an integral element of adult learning and helps to facilitate lasting effects ‡ Fun creates enthusiasm and excitement in learning something new.

‡ Consider the frazzled secretary who posts the sign "I have only two speeds." OR "A Creative Mess is better than Tidy Idleness." The secretary's sign pokes fun at the situation. and if this one isn't fast enough then I'm sure you're not going to like my other. and the boss's note pokes some fun at himself.Humor helps communication« ‡ Humor can provide a non-threatening means through which an employee or employer can communicate with others without intensifying the emotional temperature of the relationship. .

‡ If you communicate in a fun memorable way. you will grab the attention of your audience ‡ It will engage their interest and enliven their willingness to act. ‡ Communication is a vital key for success in every organization .Humor helps communication« ‡ A smile can also have a positive effect on the sound of your voice.

. ‡ Office jokes taking the seriousness of work lightly provide us with the opportunity to become more connected with others.Humor builds relationships« ‡ Humor can facilitate the development of staff cohesion and a sense of team effort in the workplace ‡ Fun is a social glue: it gets individuals to stick together. and it creates camaraderie in teams. ‡ It soothes the natural tensions that arise when people work together.

‡ Humor is a great stress reliever because it makes us feel good. employee burn-out. absenteeism.Humor Reduces Stress« ‡ Work is often associated with stress. and we know that stress is one of the main causes of illness. Norman Cousins. ‡ Dr. brought to our attention how laughter can be healing or reduce symptoms. . and we can't feel good and feel stress simultaneously. etc. author of Anatomy of an Illness.

‡ This fact results in the loss of muscle control. cardiovascular. and skeletal. When we laugh we feel physically better. ‡ Laughter has been labeled a jogging and juggling of the internal organs. reduce stress by activating the physiological systems including the muscular. ‡ Humor provides a psychological stress reducer as it snaps our thinking to another channel.Humor Reduces Stress« ‡ Humor and its fallout. respiratory. laughter. . as many of us have. and after laughter we feel lighter and more relaxed. when we laugh so hard that we fall down or wet our pants.

Humor Provides Perspective« ‡ Another way in which humor lightens the load of the workplace is by providing perspective. but it does make you part of a bigger picture. "The whole world isn't against you.. ‡ Ashleigh Brilliant (known for his one." .liners often found on postcards) says.there are BILLIONS of people who don't care one way or the other. "Distance doesn't really make you any smaller." ‡ Consider the Ziggy cartoon where Ziggy is lying on the psychiatrist's couch and the psychiatrist is saying..

12 steps to fun or How to recover your funny bone 1. Start with yourself ‡ ‡ Don·t wait for someone else to start the fun ² find your own Discover your funny bone. examine how you spend your time and what you can change to split your sides Create your own style. anything goes (almost) ‡ . get zany.

12 steps to fun 2. Give gifts that stimulate fun and spontaneity . Inspire fun in others ‡ ‡ ‡ Be a role model for fun Recognize and support the effort of others in the creation of fun.

‡ Use music to brighten your mood. ‡ Choose colors that enliven your spirit. ‡ Have toys within reach to relieve stress ‡ Put up pictures of smiling faces and cuddly pets .12 steps to fun 3. Create an environment that encourages fun ‡ The workspace can have a great impact on our attitude.

Celebrate the befits of fun ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Recognize fun when you see it. Be fun·s champion Be open to other·s ideas Use fun to spontaneously celebrate good work and good effort .12 steps to fun 4.

. Look for the humor in your situation ‡ ‡ ‡ Find the silver cloud People want to be with someone fun and optimistic Always be ready to laugh.12 steps to fun 5. especially at yourself.

Make it a goal to find and remove obstacles that stop the flow of fun.12 steps to fun 6. Eliminate boundaries and obstacles that inhibit fun ‡ Fun is contagious. let it travel thru the organization giving it energy and life. ‡ .

use it to refresh your work and team.12 steps to fun 7. Surprise is half the fun. be spontaneous ‡ Don·t wait for fun to find you ² make it occur whenever anyone needs a boost. ‡ . Follow your intuition.

12 steps to fun 8. Don·t Postpone your fun (or mine) ‡ ‡ Fun is not a reward for completing a task. It is the lubricant for getting things done well and effectively with others. Make it a daily part of your routine! ‡ .

. Make fun inclusive ‡ ‡ ‡ Fun is for sharing The moment you exclude another from the fun it stops being fun ´The more the merrierµ is the best attitude to adopt.12 steps to fun 9.

they need no special skills and take little time to accomplish Smiles are contagious and what a wonderful thing to catch Greet everyone with a smile.SMILE! And laugh a lot ‡ Smiling and laughing cost nothing. tell a joke.12 steps to fun 10. ‡ ‡ . laugh at yourself. you·ll find others eager to join in the fun.

12 steps to fun 11. Become know as ´Fun Lovingµ ‡ ‡ ‡ This is the greatest compliment you can receive. Make it a personal mission to infuse fun into everything you do. Share your fun with others and let it light up your life .

or create your own.Put fun into action ‡ ‡ Grab a fun idea and take action Share ideas. just start the fun! Make it a habit ‡ .12 steps to fun 12. borrow ideas.

‡ Smiling pancakes in the morning . purchase one for a 5 year old and pen in the 6. ‡ Birthday card for a 65 year old. watch the smiles around you.Tips to tickle the funny bone ‡ Lighten up the day to day ‡ Frustrated by morning traffic? ² Grab some ´Grouchoµ glasses and slip them on.

‡ Watch AFV together and forget the news for a night. . Leave a joke or special surprise under someone·s pillow. ‡ Or add it to their lunch bag to brighten the day.Lighten up the day to day ‡ Be a joke fairy.

theme day or use your imagination day.Lighten up at work ‡ Page a day calendars ‡ Fun and motivational signs. ‡ Casual day. . cartoon clips or post its. pig out day. posters. ‡ Celebrate Christmas in July. have a sundae social on a Monday afternoon.

Lighten up at work ‡ Learning the Fun-damentals ‡ Engage new employees with an orientation scavenger hunt ‡ Start a meeting with a ball-park wave ‡ Use a game format such as bingo or jeopardy in training sessions ‡ Start the training with a sing along ² a theme song or an oldie but goodie .

funny pens . paddle with ball.More tricks for the trainer ‡ Hand out crayons and have participants doodle the key points ‡ Create a crossword puzzle or word scramble with learning objectives ‡ Giving a test? Use fun prizes like bubbles.

² The funniest thing I·ve seen at work« ‡ Have a meeting mascot ‡ Pick a color and have everyone wear it that day ..Meetings fun?? What an oxymoron ‡ Start your meeting by asking everyone to complete an opened-ended grabber of a sentence: ² Wouldn·t it be fun if«.

Recognition with a fun twist ‡ Provide staff with a wellness day off campus. ‡ Give a fun sweet treat. ‡ Give them a ´get out of jail freeµ card to use for a few hours off. . ‡ Give fun gifts such as these books: ² All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten ² Chicken Soup for the Soul ² Life·s Little Instruction Book.

projects completed. anniversaries. any milestone ² Bring in treats ² Send flowers or balloons ² Display it in a public area ² Put it in the newsletter ² Send out an email .Funny you should say that« ‡ Celebrate birthdays.

Tickets to a sports event 5. Balloons (with or without the gorilla delivery) . Books 6. Gag gifts 11. Plaques and trophies 7.*Dave·s Top ten list ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 10. Popcorn tins or fruit baskets 8.

*Dave·s Top ten list ‡ 4. T-Shirts. and ‡ 1. Coffee mugs (preferably with a cartoon) . Gift certificates (to almost anything) ‡ 3. Dinner out (lunch and breakfast work too) ‡ 2.

Foster funny teamwork ‡ Have a movie at work with popcorn and candy ‡ Set up a ball game after work and start the fun with a tailgate party lunch ‡ Golf outing for everyone ² set up a miniature golf course on campus ‡ Special Olympics ² egg relay ² chair races ‡ ´Decorate your area/work spaceµ contests .

I get too many« my inbox is full« can·t remember«µ ‡ ´I didn·t think the deadline was really THE deadlineµ .What YOU Smiling at?? ‡ Students Say the darndest things ‡ ´Can I take dance 101 as an online course?µ ‡ ´I didn·t read the email because.

Students say the darndest things .

What YOU Smiling at?? ‡ Opportunity to share a smile .

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