If you want more laughter in your office culture and you are looking for a more interactive experience, we’ll need a little more time than you get in a seminar. Like any skill, the best way to learn how to bring humor in to situations is to practice. And that's exactly what we’ll do in coaching sessions, either one-on-one or in a group workshop. In addition to learning some great tools like how to listen better, pay attention to details and break tension, working in a group setting in an office has the added benefit of creating stronger relationships between co-workers. Coaching can also be done over a weekend, in which, depending on the level of interest, we could stage an actual comedy show in a real club with an audience of friends and family so the group can show off what they learned about how to make people laugh. I've had fantastic results with this in the past. It’s a bigger commitment, but enormously rewarding with the added benefit of helping people overcome fears of public speaking.
Below are several studies from prestigious journals about the tangible benefits of humor in the workplace:
Insights by Stanford Business, Humor is Serious Business: You Are Not A Funny as You Should Be and Your Company is Suffering Because of It
Harvard Business Review, Leading with Humor
Pittsburgh Business Times, Creating a Productive Workplace Can Be a Laughing Matter
Cass Business School, City University of London, The Importance of Humor in the Workplace
"Humor often isn't seen as a particularly potent management tool, and indeed can often be regarded with a degree of trepidation, but the study found that it is usually something that's present at all levels of an organization, especially during challenging circumstances. So why does laughter work so well? The authors suggest that it's all down to how we respond to tense situations. What might be perceived as a solution by one person may be viewed as a problem for another, so laughter is a valuable way to signal our disapproval in an non-threatening way. By allowing the problem to be acknowledged, and potentially fixed, it often helps to provide a good outcome for all concerned."