It’s all about the laughs

What makes a great place to work? There are a number of things, but one of the biggest is the atmosphere. After all, isn’t that the stereotype for jobs? The soul-sucking environment that makes you hate every Monday and be ridiculously happy when it’s Friday.

The parameters of a great place to work differs from person to person. For some, it’s the money. Anything to make that paycheck bigger. Others demand a more spiritually or personally fulfilling job that makes them feel good. Usually those are the two biggest stereotypes that can be found in the workforce.

There is, of course, one thing that I believe can make or break a work place - the atmosphere and sense of humor. Money is important. Finding fulfillment in the work is also important. One thing that can’t be replaced is having fun while working. Employee morale has been found to have a significant impact on a business’s bottom line. Happy employees means happy customers.

So finding ways to make the work place enjoyable for one and all is a great step forward in making a business more profitable. Co-workers can find their job to be easier and more enjoyable if there is some element of fun.

Now that the new year has arrived, making the work place a great place to be is one way to make the year easier. Laughs are good for everyone as laughing reduces stress and tension. The short term effects of having a good laugh also includes the stimulation of many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

Laughing activates and relieves the body’s stress response. Having a good laugh fires up and then cools down the stress response, and it can increase and then decrease a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.

The work environment is a significant source of tension, and laughing can help to soothe some of that. Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

All in all, businesses don’t need to hire clowns, but goofing around now and then may be just the ticket to increased production.

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