LAUGHTER IN THE WORKPLACE

By welcoming laughter and fun in the workplace you are opening your arms to ambition, initiative, high morale, high productivity and low turnover among employees.    This creates a positive, team-like and productive atmosphere.

Laughter in the workplace is encouraged.  It can be a cheap cure for workplace ills.  This means employees do their jobs just fine but feel bored and unproductive.  Research shows that happy workers are more productive.  First, having fun gives employees an effective way of releasing tensions, which allows them to concentrate on their work more efficiently.  Second, a good laugh counteracts boredom and reduces personal conflicts.  Third, interacting enjoyably with co-workers reduces the need to get social support outside the workplace by calling home, goofing off with friends or staying away from work.  It seems that being able to laugh on the job does go hand in hand with increased productivity.

The important question is:  Is the work getting done? If it is, then what does it matter if the people doing the work are having a good time?  Laughing helps people feel better.  Taking 15 minutes a day to work on laughing is not a loss of time.  It’s a productivity booster.  Laughing helps people clear the cobwebs from the brain and helps the creativity juices flow.  People who are lighthearted, having fun and in good spirits are more likely to be successful.  Their positive feelings produce a positive menu for the brain of increased oxygen, endorphins, and blood flow, which enables people to think more clearly and creatively.

Fun activities are designed to help revitalize employees and help them enjoy their work.  By building opportunities for fun and laughter into the workplace, you provide opportunities for this revitalization to occur every day.

 

LAUGHTER FACT:  Children laugh an average of 400 times per day but the average adult older than 35 only laughs 15 times per day.

 

The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone.  This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness:  physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial.  Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health.  With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit.  In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.

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