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TPR 5/12/21: Post-pandemic workplaces (and leaders) need humor

TPR 5/12/21: Post-pandemic workplaces (and leaders) need humor
By Mark Tosczak • Issue #14 • View online
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Post-pandemic workplaces (and leaders) need humor
There’s little doubt the post-pandemic workplace will be different. It may combine virtual and in-person elements. And as offices reopen, no doubt there’ll be lots of conversations about everything the last 12 months have brought us.
Humor, experts say, is likely to be key to reconnecting with colleagues and helping workers feel more comfortable and engaged. Two Stanford business school professors have studied the role of humor in the workplace. Among their findings:
• Leaders with a sense of humor are seen as 27% more motivating and admired. Their employees are 15% more engaged and their teams are more than twice as likely to solve a creativity challenge. 
• When pairs of strangers laughed together for five minutes before completing an exercise, their interactions were 30% more intimate than the control condition.
• Even adding a lighthearted line at the end of a sales pitch “like, my final offer is X and — throw in my pet frog” increases customers’ willingness to pay by 18%. 
• Workplaces that embedded humor in their culture said employees were 16% more likely to stay at their jobs, feel engaged and experience satisfaction.  
Time to start working on those jokes.
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