Most of us feel like we can’t bring our sense of humor to work. We have to wear boring clothes, make totally serious presentations, and approach everything with a demeanor so dry that it makes staring at a wall seem fun.
We think to be professional we have to be serious.
Turns out, we’re wrong.
Robert Half International and Hodge-Cronin & Associates found 98% of surveyed executive leaders preferred employees with a sense of humor. 84% believed employees with a sense of humor do better work. There’s a positive peer-to-peer effect too — humor can make our peers more likely to attribute higher status to us and to vote us into leadership roles.
Knowing that is all well and good… but how can we bring humor into the workplace in a way that feels comfortable and natural?
Workplace humor experts Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas are here to help you invite humor to the morning meeting.
In their book, Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.), they’ll walk you through the baby steps that can make a big difference in the way you’re perceived at work and on your own enjoyment.
By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience Humor, Seriously with hands-on activities co-created directly with Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas. You’ll get a trial run of all of the practices introduced. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.
What can you expect?
Instead of just reading about the positive effects of humor in the workplace, in Pique, you’ll get to experience them.
One way you’ll do that? Using humor to solve problems you might otherwise have been unable to solve.
Whether it’s tackling a pesky QA issue, approaching the marketing presentation from a clearer angle, or fixing the coffee machine, everyday we creatively problem-solve at work. And science shows that humor just might increase our capacity to do so.
In an experiment by Alice Isen, participants had to mount a candle to a wall… with no mount. To see how humor affects problem solving, Isen and her colleagues had half of participants watch a neutral video before taking on the challenge, while the other half watched a humorous one. More than twice as many people who watched the funny video solved the puzzle. Laughter didn’t make the second group smarter; but it did help them overcome their functional fixedness and see new connections and associations.
In Pique, you’ll try out your own version of the experiment by watching funny videos and doing a small creative problem-solving task. Then, we’ll help you reflect on how you can bring that forward and hold time for humor in your workplace problem-solving spaces.
Ready to get serious about humor with Humor, Seriously?
Bringing laughter into the workplace can be intimidating. Humor, Seriously by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas can make it far easier. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now.
Hop into Pique to get started today!