Q: With Joan Rivers and Robin Williams passing, I keep reading that the world has gotten less funny. But isn’t it important that we keep laughing, even at work?
A: Not only will continuing to laugh honor them…because after all, their work was laughter…but studies actually show that humor at work increases creativity, concentration, productivity, and commitment.
We often work on high stakes matters, in stressful circumstances. Using and appreciating humor brings out positivity, which helps unblock our individual thought processes and creates greater engagement.
Plus if you supervise others, appropriate humor can enhance morale and camaraderie. Laughter is a win-win proposition and, I agree, an important part of professional success and personal satisfaction.