Consultant, Writer And Trainer
Principal Hr Consultant (ohs&w)
Human Resources Executive
Hr Diplma Student
A number of years ago I was fortunate enough to see some training videos by C.W. Metcalfe called "Humour, Risk & Change". This was a brilliant series of 3 X 20 minute presentations to a live audience.
Metcalfe's main point was that humour significantly relieves stress and improves performance. He also said "To take your job seriously, but not to take yourself seriously". (In other words, lighten up!)
Metcalfe gave many examples of people who "showed grace under pressure", using humour to relieve life threatening stresses and improve the outcomes of situations. One example was of an airline pilot, flying a fatally crippled plane (with no steering mechanisms) to a landing strip. He joked with the air traffic controllers at a time when it looked like all lives would be lost. In the meantime he used a strategy to control the plane that had NEVER been used before (firing the left and right engines alternately). The outcome was that the plane did crash, but the techniques used by the pilot saved 89 lives on board.
Metcalfe describes company initiatives a bit like laughter clubs, and book and video exchanges with a humour focus.
The videos are hugely entertaining to watch. I have viewed them over and over again and still enjoy watching them. However they also have extremely valuable insights that have stayed with me. If you can ever find them they are worth getting hold of.
9th November 2006 From Australia, Ballarat
I think a little humor in the work place will help relieve a lot of stress and it may even enhance our tasks.
9th November 2006 From Sri Lanka
This is a good therapy to relieve stress.
I have seen bunch of people doing this in morning in a park next to my place, and I think it works for them
You can give it a try, I hope it will work in the company as well.
DO share with us the results. :D
9th November 2006 From India, Delhi