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The Need for Humor
Why do we care so much about humor? Because it works.
And in a world where 83% of Americans feel stressed at work, 55% of Americans are unsatisfied with their job, and 47% of Americans struggle to stay happy, something has to change.
What’s at stake? Close to a trillion dollars in lost productivity and increased costs.
In our obsession to become as efficient as possible, we’ve run into a problem: you can’t be efficient with human beings. Humans have “emotions” and “feelings;” they get “sick” and “tired;” and they have to do things like “eat” and “sleep.”
Simply put, the current way of working isn’t working. Each year, US companies lose an estimated:
- $300 billion due to stressed workers
- $500 billion due to disengaged employees
- $11 billion due to employee turnover.
How Humor Helps
Luckily we have a way of combatting stress, disengagement, and turnover; it’s called humor.
- Humor beats stress. Chronic stress can cause muscle tension, high blood pressure, and decreased immunity. Humor can counteract these negative effects. Studies have shown that humor and laughter can relax muscles, decrease blood pressures, and improves our immune system.
- Humor engages employees. Disengaged employees cost companies billions of dollars in lost productivity through absenteeism, presenteeism, and ineffective results. Managers who use humor benefit from high levels of employee engagement and work performance, not just for their direct reports but for themselves as well.
- Humor reduces turnover. The estimated cost to replace an employee ranges from 20% to 150% of that person’s annual salary and effects the entire department involved. Employees who work in a humorous organization report higher workplace satisfaction scores and say they are less likely to leave their roles.
And that’s just the tip of a very big humor iceberg. There are number of great benefits of humor, all backed by research, case studies, and real-world examples.
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Stressed Out at Work?, Susan Adams. Forbes, April 2013.
The Science of Workplace Happiness, US News. April 2010.
US Happiness: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. April 2008.
Fact Sheet by the Numbers. American Psychological Association, 2010.
State of the American Workplace. Gallup, June 2013.
Job Absence & Turnover. The Bureau of National Affairs, January 2013.
“Ha! Laughing is Good for You!”, Amy Toffelmire. Canoe.ca, April 2009.
A meta-analysis of positive humor in the workplace, Jessica Mesmer-Magnus. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 1986.
Rizzo, Brian J. Individual Differences in Managers’ Use of Humor. Communication Research Reports. Vol 16, No. 4, Fall 1999.