Four in five people surveyed said they regularly used laughter to combat work-related stress.
Four in five people surveyed said they regularly used laughter to combat work-related stress. Contributed

Smiles combat workplace stress

LAUGHTER is the best medicine - and it also applies to the workplace.

A survey of 1000 Australian workers found that 80% of them regularly used laughter in their daily work to combat work-related stress.

About the same number said laughter on the job made them more productive.

Comical work colleagues, unusual customer requests and their bosses' habits were the main cause of mirth.

Many companies apparently understand the benefits of laughter in the workplace, with three-quarters of those surveyed saying the culture supported their sense of humour.

More humour and less stress have been known to reduce staff turnover, boost staff morale and cut absenteeism.

Remember this too - the best face lift is a smile.

What can you do to inject a bit of silliness and make your business a fun place to work?

You might be able to get some ideas from the successful series of the Fish books.

These short, punchy management books are in the style of another long time bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese?

The Fish philosophy is centred around four basic principles of "Play", "Make Their Day" and "Be There", which encourages fun and interaction with other staff members - and the final principle of "Choose Your Attitude".

These principles require the individual to take responsibility for their attitude at work and to get the best out of themselves.

The manager's role is to simply explain to the staff that they have a choice in the attitude they adopt and perhaps to give them ideas about how to have some fun.

The Fish books provide a number of examples of how to have fun at work, such as games, competitions and role-playing.

It's up to your staff to come up with the ideas for encouraging fun in the workplace - ideas that you can then put into practice.

 

Question And Action Time

  • Do you consider your business a fun place to work?
  • How often do you hear laughter from your staff?
  • Will you be introducing a "fun" program in your business?


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