Are you one of those leaders who believe that the fact of using humor in the workplace with colleagues diminishes their authority? Or laughing with employees inappropriate? Or is there no correlation between humor and the success of a leader?
If so, you set aside a powerful tool to improve the work environment, resolve crises, to promote the development of employee skills, motivate and even inspire them and get them to participate, be active and interested. Not only humor he helps to express your enthusiasm and encouragement, but it can also be used to minimize errors which, most of the time, are not intentional and soften what you have to say to an employee helping to create the trust relationship.
Humor at work is one more tool to have in your arsenal to better communicate with colleagues and employees. Of course, all the leaders are not specialists in human relations. But those who develop these skills can better direct. As a senior, you may want to have a positive attitude towards the behavior of employees you manage, because you know very well that the quality of their relationship with management is an important factor influencing productivity.
Some tips for introducing humor in the workplace
Start by observing and paying attention to amusing anecdotes and incidents that are happening around you at work. Read some good books with fun quotes, funny stories or jokes that apply to you or your situation at work. Focus your humor about yourself (self-deprecating) and your work situation and not on others, especially if you do not know them. So avoid sarcasm and irony. Humor should be used to reduce stress, not increase it. If an appropriate humorous answer comes to mind, do not hesitate to say it. Be spontaneous! Laughter is often the result of the unexpected.
Most employees stop laughing in the presence of the boss. So encourage an atmosphere of cooperation by participating, to some extent, their humor. If you feel safe enough for you to laugh with them, the relationship of trust will be even narrower. If you need to make presentations or to speak, earn your audience punctuating your speech with humor, which also has the advantage of getting their attention. And if you miss indeed, there are ready-made phrases that you can customize and you come out of embarrassment. Feel flattered if having teased an employee, it feels comfortable enough to tease you, in turn, provided, of course, not to ridicule the other.
The humor in the workplace among colleagues
Humor is not only useful to managers but also often spontaneously fuse between co-workers, especially when they are also friends outside of work. Humor at work helps to break acceptably inevitable frustrations and keep control of his aggression, especially when you are in customer service. At first glance, view employee joking together may seem unproductive. On the contrary, if used properly and in moderation, humor helps employees do their job, especially when it is repetitive and boring.