Posted on 17 June 2015
Having a happy and fun working environment could prove a positive step for your business and despite concerns, research shows that increased humour in the workplace does not detract from people’s productivity or their ability to complete tasks that require concentration.
Laughter is good for your health
Laughter helps your immune system, has an effect on your cardiovascular system and lowers your heart rate. It is even known to reduce blood pressure and improve the function of blood vessels. This means just one thing; less sick days!
More fun, less stress
Interestingly, humour in the workplace is known to enhance worker’s coping mechanisms and lower cases of withdrawal and burnout, therefore improving employee retention and effectiveness.
Humour makes us more creative
It's true! Forward thinking businesses such as Google and Disney Pixar are known to have amazing workplaces. A colourful, playful environment encourages openness and reduces the fear of criticism towards outlandish or creative ideas.
A sense of humour = a good leader
Leaders who possess a good sense of humour are proven to get more out of their employees. They are perceived as better leaders and managers by employees who report experiencing greater work satisfaction when working with managers who integrate humour in their interactions.
Good humour sells
Humorous advertisements are proven to be more memorable and increase the likelihood of the viewer taking action. Studies measuring advertisement awareness found that ads with humor had nearly 25% greater impact across the board.
It seems bringing a fun element into the workplace can be a powerful tool for bringing people together. We spend the majority of our time at work, so why not make it fun, engaging and a place employees can come together and get creative. Our motto? Be fun, be flexible and love your job!