Humor Helps Health Care Workers Cope with Stress in the Workplace

Humor Helps with Workplace Stress

A study by Professor Melissa B. Wazner found that medical

professionals tended to cope with difficult jobs largely through

their sense of humor. Wazner also found that those health care

employees who viewed their managers as “humor-oriented” also

tended to view them as being more effective managers. Employees

also reported greater job satisfaction when they worked for

someone who used humor effectively and appropriately. (Hmmm,

really sounds to me, not that I’m biased or anything, like

humor training ought to be a mandatory part of any supervisory

or management training program. Just a thought.)

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Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, had a simple

but fun contest that anyone could do on a regular basis with

either employees or customers: provide the funniest caption to

a strange photo. In the Canterbury Museum example, it was a photo

of a bagpiper standing next to a penguin in Antarctica. In

your workplace, an easy on-going contest could be done with

photos of employees caught in conversation or attending meetings,

wherein prizes are awarded to whoever comes up with the best

caption, thought bubbles or conversation bubbles.

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Quote of the Week

“To come up with funny ideas, you just jot down ideas as they

occur to you. The jotting presents no problem; it is the

occurring that is difficult.” Stephen Leacock

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It’s a Wacky World

A Dunkin’ Donuts survey revealed that most people eat a

gingerbread man starting with the head first, which, according

to Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell & Taste Research Foundation,

indicates an “achievement-oriented, natural leader.” Skeptical

people tend to start munching on the right hand, creative folks

go for the left arm, and very sensitive people chomp on the

legs first. (Okay, so at your next staff meetings, bring in

gingerbread men for everyone and do a little covert personality

assessment on your team!)

Happy Hump day. Remember, if you suppress laughter it goes

right to the earlobes. And really, who wants pudgy earlobes?

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