Actually, workers list having fun as one of the requirements for a satisfying job. What do they mean by "fun"? Not goofing off. According to studies on what it takes to make jobs fun, the greatest factor cited is teamwork. Employees say that they enjoy coming together as a team in the pursuit of common objectives. They appreciate the camaraderie, with the daily doses of humor and goodwill that come along with it.
When we need to do more with less and job stress is a daily fact of life, laughter can be a way to:
- Reduce stress.
- Eliminate anger.
- Reduce resistance to change.
- Generate creative thinking.
- Improve morale.
- Produce positive attitudes.
- Reduce absenteeism and turnover.
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Adding a little laughter to serious meetings can help a lot. Work is serious business, but the workplace doesn’t have to be a solemn place. During tough economic times, it seems almost sacrilegious not to be somber, associating it with higher productivity (putting one’s nose to the grindstone), so we work hard at being serious. This is exactly what we shouldn’t do. A positive, upbeat environment is healthy in good and bad times.