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If They Can Teach a Robot to Have a Sense of Humor…

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 19 Aug 2015

Seriously.  I’ll get to the humorous robot shortly, but in the meantime, so random random thoughts, musings and ideas related to the always fascianting world of work and workplace culture…

Some Surprising Benefits of Humor and Laughter at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 27 May 2015

There are dozens of benefits of adding more humor into your workplace, many of them quite obvious.  Here are some surprising benefits of humor and laughter that may be a bit unexpected:

Five Points to Ponder Before Putting Humor to Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 12 Nov 2014

If you want to brand your business (or yourself) with humor or add some humor to a presentation or to your customer service mix, here’s a checklist of sorts to consider:

1. First, Do No Wrong. Great advice for doctors or would-be corporate jesters. Make sure the humor you use is laughing with people, not at people. Laugh at yourself, not in a, “I’m a loser” kind of way, but in a way that lets people know you don’t take yourself overly seriously. Stay clear of political, ethnic, gender or sex-based humor. Remember that having permission to use more humor at work is not permission to act like a jackass, a bore, or a jerk. It doesn’t give you license to offend or humiliate people, or disparage their character. It’s about being more human, having a bigger heart, and demonstrating greater humility.

Does Your Workplace Need a Corporate Jester?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 08 Sep 2014

The practice of humor in the workplace has been around a long time. Industrial sociologists have observed that on-the-job joking and bantering as a means of building unity, relieving tension and reducing the tedium of boring manual labor has been a ritualized part of the workforce since the industrial revolution. And if we go back even further, the beloved Court Jester (not to be confused with the Court Gesture, which is often obscene and not terribly appropriate) provides an excellent model for modern day corporate humor.

A Salute to Silliness: Some Silly Ways to Add More Humor into Your Workplace

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 03 Jun 2014

June fourth is official Salute to Silliness Day. Which isn’t as silly as it may sound, considering the stress-busting, creativity-boosting and team building benefits of being a little silly at work from time to time. Here are some of the sillier ways workplaces are putting humor to work: 

Work Made Fun, Gets Done!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 May 2014

Integris Credit Union, based in Prince George, British Columbia (see the latest Humor at Work TV video for more on them) has a fabulous motto: “Work made fun, gets done.” The motto reminds me of Volkswagen’s Fun Theory campaign which showed how people would change their behavior for the better when it was made fun to do so, most famously demonstrated in the musical staircase built in a Stockholm subway station.  

Happiness at Work Comes in Small Packages

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 09 May 2014

podcast May is Civility Month, a great reminder of how happiness in the workplace really does come down to the small gestures and small ways people interact with each other …

More Fun, Less Stress Great Recipe for Workplace Success

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 29 Mar 2014

podcastApril is stress awareness month and official humor month, so this episode Mike offers some important questions to ask if you want to lower your stress and add more …

Less Stress, More Humor at Work a Great Recipe for Workplace Success

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 Mar 2014

April is Stress Awareness Month, begging the question: How aware are you and your organization of the costs associated with stress?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: 

Director of Humor

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 26 Nov 2013

podcast  In this podcast Mike shares a great idea on how one business has created more humor in their workplace, plus a fun at work idea to help people …

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