As a business speaker and motivational speaker who speaks often on the topic of humor in the workplace, I sometimes have to sell the benefits of humor to some of my more skeptical clients.
A growing body of research is showing how the use of strategic, purposeful humor at work can help organizations brand themselves, attract employees, improve employee morale and engagement levels, lower workplace stress, improve employee retention rates, reduce employee absenteeism rates, improve creativity and innovation, improve workplace communication, enhance customer service and ultimately improve overall productivity.
Real-life examples from companies I’ve visited, including Zappos, Beryl, AFA JCDecaux, Argus Industries and many, many more all demonstrate the humor advantage at work.
And consider just a small sampling of some of some of the data:
The numbers go on and one, while at the individual level the benefits of humor also abound:
The research evidence, surveys and real-life success stories of businesses around the globe that put humor to work for greater success all indicate that there’s nothing remotely trivial about humor as a business asset. And what’s important to keep in mind is the chicken and egg relationship between humor and success. Not only does humor drive success, it also reflects success. It’s the end result of working on a team or in an organization that is thriving. As Paul Hawken wrote: “Laughter and good humour are the canaries in the mine of commerce – when the laughter dies, it’s an early warning that life is ebbing from the enterprise.”
For more insights on why you really should (perhaps ironically) take humor more seriously, check out this great Forbes article that I’m quoted in: Ten Reasons Why Humor is a Key to Success at Work.
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