The business world is often characterized by formality, strictness, and laser-focused attention to work. While these traits are vital for a successful organization, things do not have to be uptight.
Humor is an age-long contributing factor to unity and enthusiasm among people. This is why business executive & entrepreneur, Joeseph Jedlowski, decides that he would rather not work than work with people who are more interested in work than people.
He believes that, in the end, people are the ones who get work done so you should invest more in people. The important question is, what better way to invest in people than get them interested in each other? After all, growth is better done together.
Most people probably avoid humor because it can be gotten wrong easily, plus people usually like to take themselves seriously. However, Joe Jedlowski, former President and Owner of Milestone Retirement Communities, LLC and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Distinctive Living, has a different opinion and suggest that companies should adopt humor into their work cultures.
But why exactly should you adopt a culture that allows humor when we are not trying to establish a comedy house?
Joe Jedlowski shares 4 reasons humor will turn out to be a key deciding factor in fostering peak performance:
- Alleviates stress.
Working itself is a stressor and most of your workers will rather be with their families. Therefore, humor is a great way to help them offload all the negative effects of working, especially if for whatever reason, some of your workers do not enjoy what they do at work.
Euphemism is the literary term for making a serious situation seem light and reducing whatever negative emotion that may come with it. Common knowledge agrees that the way a piece of news is reported often has a large effect on how people react to it.
If you don’t want your employees to get sad and disappointed about setbacks or failures, you may want to employ humor.
Humor is vital for creative thinking. It establishes a breeding ground for innovation as people are more dynamic in their thinking when they are relaxed.
The results you seek for your business cannot be attained by solely following protocols or procedures. If you want to procure solutions to your business, you should create a work environment that facilitates that.
No matter how hard we try to mask it, we all appreciate humor one way or the other. Allowing your employees to get friendly with one another gives them the chance to be real and reveal who they truly are beneath all the glitz and glamour of professionalism.
People connect with people not with facades. When your employees see each other, they should connect on an untensed state that allows sincere support for each other’s goals and tasks.
Finally, more often than not, your customers will get the same feeling from using your service, that your employees have with one another. Do you want people to remember your brand and be all uptight, serious, and unconnected?
Surely, this kind of brand personality is vital for certain businesses, but if you really want to reach people and build a personable connection that will be hard for your competitors to steal, go for humor.