Let’s face it. The holiday season is upon us and that means more stress! It’s not unusual for the stress in our personal lives to carry over into our professional lives. Frankly, unmanaged stress makes for a really unpleasant workplace. But what can you do about it?

Laugh more!

There is a long list of reasons why good humor is important in the workplace according to The Journal of Managerial Psychology.

For employees, humor is associated with:

  • enhanced work performance
  • satisfaction
  • workgroup cohesion
  • health
  • coping effectiveness
  • decreased burnout
  • decreased stress
  • decreased work withdrawal

For leaders, humor is associated with:

  • enhanced work performance
  • satisfaction
  • positive perception of leader performance
  • satisfaction with leader
  • workgroup cohesion
  • reduced work withdrawal

My own research agrees! I asked over 800 working professionals–what creates gravitational pull in the workplace (a.k.a. G Factor)? In other words, what makes someone trust you and want to work with you?

In the #2 spot is humor. Simply put, we like to work with people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

What is your Good-humored G Factor like? Find out here with a free assessment.