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The benefits of humor at work have been touted since the early 90’s, and yet only 1/3rd of workers use it consistently. Here’s why you should use humor in the workplace.
THE NEED FOR HUMOR AT WORK
- 83% of Americans feel stressed out at work. 
- 55% of Americans are unsatisfied with their job. 
- 47% of Americans struggle to stay happy. 
BENEFITS OF HUMOR
- Humor and Productivity. When challenged with a problem, people who watched a comedy video beforehand were 3.75 times more likely to solve the problem. 
- Humor and Stress. Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can:
- Increase your heart rate by 20% 
- Improve blood flow by 50% 
- Burn as many calories as 5 minutes of aerobic exercise, 10 minutes of dancing, or 15 minutes of milking a cow. 
- Humor and Relationships. Humor helps build relationships by group cohesiveness, reduction of status differentials, diffusion of conflict, team and trust building among diverse groups.  And people with 3 close friends at work are 96% more likely to be satisfied with their lives. 
- Humor and Happiness. Humor can increase happiness by up to 42%. 
WHY HUMOR AT WORK IS MISSING
With so many benefits to using humor, why do only 33% of workers use it? 
- 41% say “I don’t think my boss, peers or direct reports would approve.”
- 36% say “I don’t know how.”
- 15% say “I don’t have time.”
- 7% say “I don’t see it’s value.”
PEOPLE WANT HUMOR
- 81% of employees say a fun workplace would make them more productive. 
- 97% of professionals believe it’s important that managers have a sense of humor. 
- 98% of CEOs prefer job candidates with a sense of humor. 
HOW TO HUMOR
Humor is defined as: a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement. Humor at work isn’t about making work funny, it’s about making work fun.
Four Styles of Humor (in order of appropriateness at the office):
- Affiliative – Amusing others as a way to facilitate relationships.
- Self-Enhancing – Finding amusement in life’s hardships and staying positive.
- Self-Defeating – Saying funny things at one’s own expense.
- Aggressive – Disparaging others as a way of manipulating them.*
*Not really appropriate for the workplace.
- Add a humor section to your newsletter.
- Take an improv class together.
- Ask interesting questions.
- Celebrate Beer:30.
- Practice Yes And!
- Share this webpage.
Find even more ways to use humor in the best-selling book / app, 501 Ways to Use Humor at Work. Or sign up for my monthly humor at work newsletter.
SOURCES Humor That Works Survey
 Stressed Out at Work? By Susan Adams. Forbes.com April 2013
 The Science of Workplace Happiness, US News.
 US Happiness: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
 Positive affect facilitates creative problem solving by Alice M Isen, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1987
 “The Comedy Cure” in Readers Digest Sept. 2007
 “50 Ways to Beat the Reaper” by Denny Watkins & Alison Granell & Heather Loeb
 “Give Your Body a Boost with Laughter.” R Morgan Griffin. WebMD
 “Humor in the Workplace: A Communication Challenge” by Robert A. Vartebedian, PHD. Presented at Speech Communication Association, Nov 1993
 Vital Friends by Tom Rath
 Humor Therapy: Relieving Chronic Pain and Enhancing Happiness for Older Adults by Mimi M.Y. Tse. Journal of Aging Research. Volume 2010.
 Humor in the Workplace: Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Connection to Employee Performance by Lauren Breeze. Perspectives in Business, St Edwards University, 2004.
 Inside Joke: Humor Can Help the Bottom Line. Dana Wilkie. Society for HR Management. October 2013.
4 thoughts on “Humor at Work Infographic”
This newsletter is so true.
I wake up every morning happy no matter what the situation in my life and that gets me through the day.
very interesting !
Humor is a must requirement in today’s world.
Thanks for the newsletter