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Why Does Santa Have Three Gardens?

December 17th, 2015 by Alison McKinney

crackerSo he can ‘Ho Ho Ho’!

Yep, the dreaded cracker jokes are rife this time of year, we moan and roll our eyes, but really, these attempts at making us laugh are not unexpected, yet still make us smile.

Humour and laughter is an integral part of our being. We love to laugh. When we laugh, endorphins are released into our body and we feel elated and at times euphoric. These endorphins lead to a sense of well-being and optimism. In addition, humour and laughter can even bridge the gap between total strangers. The use of humour can even reduce tension in a tense situation (as workplaces can sometimes be). Our sense of humour is one of our most undervalued, under-appreciated and underutilised human resources.

Now, whilst many people debate that happy employees are engaged employees, having a work place with happy people around and an air of fun and humour in the office has got to be a more attractive working environment  than a sombre serious one?

The quality of work produced and peoples psychological outlook are enhanced if there is some fun and humour in their working environment. Some of the benefits include:-

  • Increased creativity
  • Eliminates boredom
  • Softens workplace conflicts
  • Enhances communication

An environment that is fun, humour filled, pleasant, happy and relaxed leads to employee advocacy, higher levels of employee engagement  and productivity. It can also improve absenteeism and turnover levels. With this kind of working environment, people enjoy coming to work and experience contentment and satisfaction with their jobs and employer.

It’s a ‘no brainer’.

If you as an organisation can embrace workplace fun and humour, you will most definitely be nurturing a great place to work.

The Survey Initiative is an award winning organisation with over 18 years expert experience in the field of employee research. We are passionate about what we do. If you would like more information about how we can help your organisation with employee engagement or any other employee research aspect, pick up the phone or contact us online.

Written by Alison McKinney
Alison McKinney is the Project and Quality Assurance Manager at The Survey Initiative, a dedicated employee research organisation devoted to helping its clients gain insight and understanding into what drives employee engagement in their business. Alison has extensive experience in project management and quality assurance and has recently worked on projects for clients as diverse as: WSP Middle East. Natural History Museum, Peverel, Marine Stewardship Council, Accor UK &Ireland and Thompsons Solicitors. Visit http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk for more information.

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