Kristina Martic
Jun 13 · 2 min read

How can you benefit by making your everyday office life more fun?

Why should you use humor at the workplace?

Using humor in the workplace has many benefits. Office humor can come in many different forms — it can be an office joke, prank or funny employee awards event.

Any event, no matter how big or small, infused with humor can brighten up a regular, everyday life at the office and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

The benefits of using humor in the workplace

Besides making you and your colleagues feels good and less stressed, using humor at the workplace has many additional, proven benefits. Dr. David Abramis at Cal State Long Beach has studied fun at work for years.

He discovered that employees who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive, better decision-makers and get along better with co-workers. They also have fewer absentee, late, and sick days than people who aren’t having fun.

Therefore, the main benefits of using humor at the workplace are:

  • Increased employee engagement
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Decreased turnover rates.

These are certainly some very good reasons to have some fun at the office. Aren’t they?

Rules for using humor at the workplace

A good office humor is the one that everyone can enjoy and laugh about. Be careful not to go overboard and hurt somebody’s feelings or embarrass or humiliate your coworkers.

How to introduce humor at your workplace?

Here are 2 great ways to introduce humor to your workplace:

  1. Funny employee awards

Turn your old, boring “Employee of the month” award into something much more fun! Check out our list of ideas for funny employee awards!

2. Funny office pranks

There is nothing that can bring out so much fun and laugh like a well thought office prank. When was the last time you enjoyed making a practical joke on your co-workers? If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our list of the top 20 office prank ideas!

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