A study by State University of New York involving drinking straws,
made-up languages and learning new dance steps resulted in findings
that yet again reveal the importance of bringing more humor into
our workplaces. The result of this unconventional study found that
the partners who participated in a shared humor experience felt significantly
closer to their partners and also found them more attractive! Perhaps this is
why teams that laugh together also tend to work well together in a cohesive manner?
In case you want to try this as a teambuilding event, here’s a
few of the exercises the “humor” participants did. One person had
to listen to dance instructions while blindfolded, receiving the instructions from
their partner who was holding a straw between
their lips as a way to make their voice sound funny. In another
exercise, they had to act out their favorite TV commercial using a
made up language. The other half of the human guinea pigs did
similar exercises but without the forced hilarity (no blindfolds,
funny voices or made up language).
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Tired of all those e-mail jokes filling up your inbox? An Israeli
company solved the problem by setting up a “Joke Space” repository
on their Intranet where anyone who needed a laugh could check it
out safely. The Intranet humor space resulted in less e-mail
traffic and less offensive humor being spread around the office.
Quote of the Week
“It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say,
and then don’t say it.” Sam Levenson
It’s a Wacky World
Travelodge staff, after reuniting 75,000 wayward bears with their
owners, discovered than 1 in 4 men travel with a stuffed teddy
bear. That’s just so darned cute I don’t think I can bear it!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2010 www.humoratwork.com
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