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?

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

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

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

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.

´got toµ ‡ Productivity is a performance art. ‡ 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.

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.

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. ‡ Consider the frazzled secretary who posts the sign "I have only two speeds. and the boss's note pokes some fun at himself." OR "A Creative Mess is better than Tidy Idleness. and if this one isn't fast enough then I'm sure you're not going to like my other. ." The secretary's sign pokes fun at the situation.

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

. ‡ Office jokes taking the seriousness of work lightly provide us with the opportunity to become more connected with others. and it creates camaraderie in teams. ‡ It soothes the natural tensions that arise when people work together.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.

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

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

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

get zany.12 steps to fun or How to recover your funny bone 1. anything goes (almost) ‡ . 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.

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.12 steps to fun 2.

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

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.

. especially at yourself.12 steps to fun 5. 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.

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

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

12 steps to fun 8. Make it a daily part of your routine! ‡ . 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.

12 steps to fun 9. . 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 10. laugh at yourself. you·ll find others eager to join in the fun. 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 11. Share your fun with others and let it light up your life . 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.

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

‡ Smiling pancakes in the morning . purchase one for a 5 year old and pen in the 6. 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. ‡ Birthday card for a 65 year old.

Lighten up the day to day ‡ Be a joke fairy. ‡ 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. .

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

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 .

paddle with ball. funny pens .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.

.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«. ² The funniest thing I·ve seen at work« ‡ Have a meeting mascot ‡ Pick a color and have everyone wear it that day .

‡ Give a fun sweet treat.Recognition with a fun twist ‡ Provide staff with a wellness day off campus. . ‡ 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.

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 . projects completed. anniversaries.Funny you should say that« ‡ Celebrate birthdays.

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

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

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 .

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. I get too many« my inbox is full« can·t remember«µ ‡ ´I didn·t think the deadline was really THE deadlineµ .

Students say the darndest things .

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

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