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Why Silliness will Boost Employee Morale

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

fun at work speakerSilliness for silliness sake is an interpersonal skill that fosters a sense of wonder and amusement and adds creativity and spark to your life. Simply being silly will foster fun at work.

This week allow yourself to lighten up and walk on the silly side of life -where you can take yourself lightly.

Fun is in the moment

Remember the saying, time flies when you’re having fun? This is true because fun unfolds in the present moment. When you play there is no objective, you are not planning or prodding, you are in the here and now. The present. Less than 2% of your stress happens in the moment. Stress comes from worries about the past and fears of the future, in the present there is very little stress. This is why children laugh an average of 400 times a day and adults laugh an average of 15 times a day. Children haven’t had the playfulness and silliness beaten out of them yet.

Most of us have childhood memories of playing with toys, dressing up, and playing silly games. Yet most adults would never consider these time wasters. Humor in the workplace for adults is a methodical thought out plan not a spontaneous silly solution.

Silliness is not a time waster. Dabbling in playful activity allows you to change your state of mind. Being playful not only feels good it nourishes your psyche and helps you let go of your inhibitions. Releasing this emotional tension also helps you let go of fears and frees you up to explore and discover the world for what it is not what you wish it would be.

Games, creative writing, coloring, jumping rope, and singing where not meant just for children. The more ridiculous you feel while you participate in these activities the better! As you let go of your inhabitations, the spirit of fun will flow through you. As a guest humorous conference speaker by the end of my seminar people finally realize it is ok to have fun. it's very fulfilling.

Fun is an interpersonal skill that helps to embrace the richness of the moment and your spirit and creativity soar.

Playful Work

Work is not a hardship to be endured, the more in the moment you can be at work the more productive you will be, the better relationships you will have with colleagues and customers, and the quicker your day will fly by, because…. you’re having fun!

Inspiration from A Test: Is your Workplace Suffering from Terminal Seriousness?

Scan your workplace and take note:

Do you regularly catch people laughing or having fun at work?

       YES       NO

When their is Humor in the workplace do people stop and appreciate it?

       YES       NO

Does your organization have fun activities at least monthly?

       YES       NO

Do you have tools (fun giveaways, draws) to invite patients to participate in having fun in your environment?

       YES       NO

Are managers usually optimistic and smiling at work?

       YES       NO

If you answer no to two or more of these questions, your staff probably suffers from “terminal seriousness,” which is negatively affecting morale and productivity

According to new research from the University of California, bad moods really are contagious. According to leadership expert Dr. James Fowler, each unhappy personal connection, decreases the chance of a person being in a happy mood by seven per cent. The impact is akin to the ripples from a pebble being tossed into a pond.

Fortunately, the reverse is also true. Each happy connection improves a person's chance of feeling happy by nine per cent.

Tags: leadership skills, interpersonal skills, Humor in the workplace, conference guest speaker

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