Episode 192: Finding Humor in the Workplace

On today’s podcast, I’d like to talk about the importance of humor and fun in the workplace in order to improve productivity, innovation, and creativity. We can train our management staff on leadership, coaching, and HR compliance, but when it comes to motivating our workforce, we might be missing out on the opportunity to find humor in the workplace.

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Episode 192: Finding Humor in the Workplace with Julie Ann Sullivan

I’m joined today by Julie Ann Sullivan, speaker, workshop leader, podcaster, culture consultant and author of Blueprint for Employee Engagement, 37 Essential Elements to Influence, Innovate and Inspire. Her latest book, Catalysts of Culture – How Visionary Leaders Activate the Employee Experience, is based on her research, experience, and interviews on her podcast, Businesses that Care

Finding Fun and Humor in the Workplace

Julie Ann is a certified laughter leader or trainer. Having never heard of this, and I loved that Julie Ann does this. Given all the crazy going on in this world and the increased divisiveness, humor is a great way to unite and build relationships with employees. Julie Ann shares that research shows you can actually teach people how to be more optimistic. Optimism is a skill that employees and people can be able to learn. She says while you can’t make anybody learn anything. They have to want to learn.

Humor as a Path to Creativity and Innovation

Julie talks about how humor loosens up the team and helps to get the creative juices flowing. All businesses are looking to improve in the area of creativity, new ideas, and different processes that can drive performance and increase revenues not to mention make a company culture more interesting and fun. We’ve talked about creativity as being a muscle that needs to be flexed in previous podcast episodes. Having a focus on humor is a great way to encourage creative efforts in a different way. Julie Ann says that we need to remind ourselves that these type of culture changes are a marathon and not a sprint. Even adding something as simple as humor to your organization takes time.

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This has been a fascinating discussion and I think we’ve learned a lot about leadership and humor, as well as its impact on employee engagement and creativity at work. I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to learn from Julie Ann and her extensive experience working with companies on maintaining a culture of employee engagement.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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