10 Reasons Why Humour Is A Key To Success At Work
Forbes.com cites the reasons “Workplace Energizer” Michael Kerr believes humour is a fundamental element for achieving success in the workplace:
Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.
“Humor, by its nature, tends to have an edge to it, so people typically tone it down at work,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do at Work (Portfolio, 2013), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2012). “It’s hard to do well and easy to do badly. Plus, we all have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously.”
Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, president of Humor at Work, and author of the upcoming book, The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank (Dec. 2013), says the amount or type of humor you’ll find in any given workplace depends almost entirely on the culture. “In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves–that are less hierarchical and more innovative–people tend to be more open with their humor,” he says. “Even people who aren’t always comfortable sharing their humor tend to do so in more relaxed environments where the use of humor becomes second nature with everyone’s style.”
DR. DAVID POSEN
Why Companies Need To Stop Causing So Much Stress
The Globe and Mail’s Harvey Schachter talks to Dr. David Posen about his new book, Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress
David Posen is a stress doctor. The Oakville, Ontario-based physician, after many years as a general practitioner, became involved in stress counselling and stress management in the early 1980s. He now specializes in it, carrying out counselling and psychotherapy with patients two mornings a week, as well as consulting to organizations and advocating for action in his lectures and books.
He believes the discussion on stress in the workplace begins with four basic premises:
1) Workplaces are making people sick.
2) Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, nobody’s listening.
3) Much of the time and effort put in by stressed-out workers is actually unproductive, so it makes more sense to focus them on important matters and cut back their hours, so their health and productivity will improve.
4) Many of the solutions aren’t complicated.
He works with individuals to help them cope better with stress. But he believes the focus has to switch from personal responsibility to the organizational level: Companies need to stop causing so much stress.
A Fresh Perspective
Gaining a fresh perspective by seeking another’s point of view can work wonders to calm a worried mind.
To get untangled from a web of uncertainty, sometimes all you need is to talk to someone else and get a second opinion. Gaining a fresh perspective by seeking another’s point of view can work wonders to solve problems, create hope, and calm a worried mind. But be careful – while there are many benefits, asking for help can be a little tricky.
The Best Is Yet To Come!
A wise soul sat among a large group of people and told an exceptionally funny joke. Everyone laughed whole-heartedly. A minute or so passed and the wise soul repeated the joke. This time, less people laughed. The wise soul told the same joke over and over until there was absolutely no laughter in response. Then the wise soul smiled and said, “Why is it you don’t laugh at the same joke again and again, yet you keep crying over the same thing again and again?”
How to Bounce Back
My 17-year-old daughter Brianna seems to bounce back with ease from challenges and changes. I became very aware of this trait in her when she was nine years old. At that time, I said to her, “Brianna, you’re my little bouncer. You always bounce back.”
She replied, “Mom, only deflated balls don’t bounce.”
While she likely wasn’t aware of just how wise her words were, what she said was profound: Only deflated balls don’t bounce. To bounce more easily from setbacks, changes, adversity, challenges, and obstacles in your life, you have become an inflated ball.