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  • Writer's pictureTharindu Ameresekere

Management Weekly >>> Seriously Funny

New research shows that laughing and jovial interventions actually help to improve the work experience much better and makes people more productive. A group researchers from Stanford graduate School university identified through a recently published book that subordinates enjoy work and focus better when team leaders infuse a sense of humor to what they do & say because it helps to build a better rapport and trust with each other.

When we laugh, our brain releases cocktails which helps us feel less stressed.

Connor Diemand-Yauman from the Stanford Graduate School mentions, “This means that when we laugh with colleagues, we’re not just having fun, we’re serving up a powerful hormone cocktail that can literally change their—and our—brain chemistry, on the spot. Research shows that laughing has unparalleled effects on our neurochemistry and behaviors. It changes the chemistry of your brain to make you more primed for connection, more creative and resourceful, and more resilient to stress”.

Naomi Bagdonas goes on to add that “Leaders with a sense of humor are seen as 27 percent more motivating and admired. Their employees are 15 percent more engaged. Their teams are more than twice as likely to solve a creativity challenge”.

So have you delivered your dose of humor to your team ? The next time you are in a Zoom meeting, say something funny, break the tension and make people feel less stressed and more relaxed.

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