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Funny employees are good employees

A good sense of humor helps us overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and outlast the unbearable.

“A sense of humor is the one thing no one will admit not having,” said none other than Mark Twain.

Life is too short to be serious all the time. How dull our existence would be without the potential to see the lighter side of situations.

And how hopeless, too! Humor often represents hope that the worst is behind us and better things are coming.

April is National Humor Month. I would propose that we celebrate humor every single month all year long. I can’t imagine a day without humor.

Have a filter

True, not all things are funny. Knowing how and when to apply a filter is critical. And it’s usually better when the joke is on you, so your obvious amusement signals permission to see the humor in a situation.

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself,” said Charles Schulz, creator of the long-running “Peanuts” comic strip.

Funny employees are good employees

I value a sense of humor very highly when I am hiring people, especially for sales and customer service jobs. My employees know I love a good laugh.

For years I started every sales meeting with a funny story or joke and asked other managers to do the same. I wasn’t looking for the next Tina Fey or Jimmy Fallon. I just wanted to loosen up the group and put them in a good mood.

 

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