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Larry D. Weas Ed. D. Program  Adult & Higher Education   Using Humor in HRD and Training
Overview   As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Workplaces that encourage laughter have happier, healthier and more productive workers and, as a result, see an increase in profits and results. Relationships, rapport, cooperation, influence and staff development can all be enhanced by the appropriate use of humor. Humor creates a pleasant working environment, motivates employees, decreases anxiety and stress, boosts morale, increases creativity, and enhances problem-solving skills.
The Goal   The goal in HRD and training is to provide organizations, managers, and employees with a heightened understanding of the importance of fostering and incorporating appropriate humor in the workplace.  These specific goals are to help organizations, managers, and employees: ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
The Benefits Humor, Laughter, and Productivity   Using  humor  in the workplace benefits employees and employers both physically and psychologically. Laughter and humor increases the immune system response, cardiovascular strength, relaxation, muscle tone, decreases muscle tension and pain, and speeds recovery.  It also has the power to… ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Additionally,   humor and laughter can benefit employees because:  Laughter  releases endorphins that reduce stress, create a sense of wellbeing, and make you feel more alert.  ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],The Benefits Humor, Laughter, and Productivity
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Here are some suggestions on how organizations can incorporate humor in the workplace—these are merely suggestions and should be used to help managers develop their own fun activities that fit the culture of their specific organization and management style.  ,[object Object],[object Object],The Culture Incorporating Humor in the Workplace
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While humor can be a great tool for improving productivity and relationships, inappropriate jokes and comments will do the opposite. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that humor will influence the workplace positively.  The Culture Guidelines and Obstacles   ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
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Using Humor in HRD and Training

  • 1. Larry D. Weas Ed. D. Program Adult & Higher Education Using Humor in HRD and Training
  • 2. Overview As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Workplaces that encourage laughter have happier, healthier and more productive workers and, as a result, see an increase in profits and results. Relationships, rapport, cooperation, influence and staff development can all be enhanced by the appropriate use of humor. Humor creates a pleasant working environment, motivates employees, decreases anxiety and stress, boosts morale, increases creativity, and enhances problem-solving skills.
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  • 11. Thank You! Questions or Comments