Encouraging tasteful humor at the workplace is a necessary essence in the art of mastering leadership and people skills. Loosening up the tension, stress and expanding your thinking ability, is one of the keys to success.
"A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Adding humor to your work environment may be slightly edgy at first as the fear of your expression or sense of humor being misunderstood will overpower.
However, encouraging Humor and a Friendly environment in the workplace is usually effortless based on the Company culture.
1. Humor expands your Creative thinking and increases productivity. People are the most creative and least criticizing when they are relaxed.
This naturally inspires many thoughtful ideas or solutions to a problem.
A Robert Half International survey, for instance, found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement; while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job.
2. People like to work with lighthearted people who do not take everything too seriously. They manage to get work done while lightening up the mood.
3. Humor breaks stress from the workload and finds new ways to tackle a problem. International Business speaker and author of the Humor advantage, Michael Kerr says, “Research shows that humor is a fabulous tension breaker in the workplace,”
He also adds. “People who laugh in response to a conflict tend to shift from convergent thinking where they can see only one solution, to divergent thinking where multiple ideas are considered.”
4. Creates a friendlier open culture in the organization enhancing Internal Communication flow. You build trust with the effective use of humor. People with a positive sense of humor tend to be more trustworthy, approachable and likable.
5. Humor is definitely an effective way to stand out and go beyond your customer service. It’s a huge add on to marketing as it gives your audience an idea of your company culture.