Being positive and happy is often a determining factor in the ultimate success of most people’s lives.
Well-known Australian comedian Jack Levi, whose alter ego is a character called Elliot Goblet, is certain that workplace humour is essential for business success.
Laughter has a very therapeutic effect on people. As Levi puts it, ‘laughing is like internal jogging’. People who laugh often, tend to be healthier, less stressed individuals.
Laughter in business relieves stress associated with high-pressure workplace environments. Humour can change the way people perceive and approach different situations.
Humour also tends to reduce conflict and smoothes the way for change. Sometimes, in dealing with work associates or clients, there may be situations that are difficult to approach. Using a humorous, light-hearted approach can often get the message through whilst reducing tension or sensitivity.
Increased productivity resulting from improved motivation is another benefit of humour and fun in the workplace. For example, the company computer network could be programmed to flash a funny anecdote, one-liner or ‘thought for the day’ on computer screens every so often. Making people laugh instantly creates a more positive environment and leads to positive results.
Remember laughter is the best medicine!