Having Fun At Work is Healthy

Here is a fun practice/office management tip that will increase employees spirits and productivity.

712222_ferris_wheel There have been many studies done to prove that humor is very good for our physical well-being. One study was done with cancer patients and the effects that watching funny movies had on them while getting chemotherapy. Even though they were very ill and many in pain their overall affect was cheerier than those who didn’t watch the films.

According to another study by Dr. Lee Berk of Loma Linda School of Public Heath, in California, shows that laughing effects the immune system making it grow stronger with increased activity of T-cells, natural killer cells and antibodies.  Research has also shown that laughing reduces stress, high blood pressure, and oxygenates our blood, which increases energy and relaxes our muscles.

With all that said and the decline of Americans being satisfied with their job, wouldn’t you think that more employers would be looking for ways to “lighten up” the workplace?

Many employers are still of the mindset that if their employees are laughing and enjoying themselves at work then the work must not be getting done.  When, in fact, people work better when they are interacting and enjoying a light humor at work.

If you have any question about this fact, research the management practices of Google, Evernote and Best Buy (just among the few) that are of the belief that humor, enjoyment and just plain fun make employees happier and businesses more profitable.

In the article linked below, Dr. David Abramis at Cal State Long Beach has studied fun at work for years. He’s discovered that people who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive, better decision-makers, and get along better with co-workers. They also have fewer absentee, late, and sick days than people who aren’t having fun.

There are many benefits to bringing humor to the workplace, take the challenge and see what good spirits you can raise at work today. Oh, and please share them with me because I am always looking for new things to bring levity to our workplace.

Additional reading below

Fun and Humor in the Workplace

08/06/14

6 thoughts on “Having Fun At Work is Healthy

  1. Like David, I also completely agree!

    Here is an interesting YouTube video about Zappos and it looks like they know how to have a lot of fun at work:

    • Hi Greg, thank you for sending this video, I have read a lot about the Zappos culture, but had not seen this. What a great culture and what a smart man Tony Hsieh is. This is one of those companies that I say, I wish I had thought of that 🙂

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