Are funny people more successful in business?
You don't have to be Jerry Seinfeld or Ellen DeGeneres, but a touch of humor in the workplace can help build relationships — and revenues.
Old-school HR pros insist there’s no place for humor in the workplace. They maintain it can be insulting and fall flat. These days, it can even result in legal problems.
But not everyone agrees. Jenna Goudreau writes on Forbes.com that “researchers and companies alike are beginning to tout the individual and company-wide benefits of a well-placed punch line. Those looking for an edge may want to think more critically about their funny bones.”
One business executive in New York decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy, realizing the importance of humor with clients and employees.
Steve Codey then "launched a 90-minute comedy workshop for his new recruits and staffers to attend every two months," writes Goudreau. "He says it infuses them with confidence, bonds them with co-workers, teaches the nuances of reading an audience and environment, and livens up their presentations. The new refreshed and fun culture is also helping him secure business."
An intriguing piece. Read the full article here.