work meetings just got better
A concerned manager recently asked me how he should handle tension between two employees. This manager had inadvertently come across a nasty e-mail sent from one employee to the other. Barb was ticked off because she felt Billy wasn't pulling his weight and she was left holding the proverbial bag.
What this manager really wanted was to stay out of it. He wanted his employees to work out their differences among themselves, but his better sense told him he probably should get involved.
I'm sure we all agree that managers need to maintain a safe, hostile-free work environment. In this case though, no rules had been broken. No one had crossed any lines, no name calling, certainly no violence. There was just an underlying tension.Great managers go way beyond insisting on a safe work environment. They work to create a positive, team-like and productive atmosphere.
Why? Because productivity and loyalty increase when employees feel they are part of a positive team. As important as good pay is, many employees have left a better-paying job for a job that pays less. What do they want then? Study after study shows a positive work environment rates as one of the top reasons that employees give 100 percent at work and why they stay.
But how do you go about creating a more positive work environment?
If your gut has told you that laughing helps make people feel better, you are correct.
A few interesting tidbits: Children laugh an average of 400 times per day, but the average adult older than 35 only laughs 15 times per day. Depressing huh?
One telling study by Drs. Lee Berk and Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University found that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and increases muscle flexion. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.
What does this mean in the workplace? A study by Duane Smelser found that people who are lighthearted, having fun and in good spirits are more likely to be successful. Their positive feelings produce a positive menu for the brain of increased oxygen, endorphins and blood flow, which he and I both believe enables people to think more clearly and creatively.
"Taking" 15 minutes a day to work on laughing is not a loss of time; it's a productivity booster. Laughing helps people clear the cobwebs from the brain and helps the creativity juices flow. Great companies and leaders share these beliefs and leverage the positive power of laughing and healthy humor in their teams.
Ready to infuse fun in your workplace? Call us today. Let us create a custom show or workshop just for your office. Below are some photos and referrals.
Please contact to customize your Laughing Lunch - (941) 677-0301 or firstname.lastname@example.org Laughing Lunch. We can't wait to make you laugh.
What is an improv workshop? It's an interactive, courageous, hilarious learning experience that brings people together as well as fosters creative and quick thinking.
Christine is committed to providing a safe and courageous place for people to have fun and play in. Improv creates a space for agreement and nothing is considered a failure - we all cheer on "mistakes." So, no matter what, you are getting applause.
"I want to thank you so much for the class last night! It was GREAT! You really did create an environment that gave me the confidence I needed to get out of my comfort zone and "stretch," and it appeared to have had the same effect on the others in the class! It was a lot of fun!" ~ Jose G.
- Bring the team together in an interactive environment that fosters positive thinking and collaboration.
Make a Good First Impression
"Christine performed a workshop for our students to learn how to be more comfortable in the networking or interviewing process when they are trying to make a good first impression. The students came in extremely nervous, but by the end were all so comfortable and volunteering to participate in every activity first. They went from not wanting to talk to being openly creative and sharing their ideas with the group. As one student wrote in their evaluation, “[Christine’s energy] and how passionate she is instead of being a lecture” was well-received and many students complained it was too short!" Alejandra Lance Ringling College of Art and Design
Agree to Agree | Collaboration, Say Yes, and...!
- A great way to mediate a rocky moment is through collaborative and positive interaction. Get the tools you need for effective communicating. Improve your listening and response skills!
- Learn the techniques to make your company stories more impactful and focused with a little spontaneity.
Laughter is Inner Jogging - This class is perfect for people who are looking to get up, move safely and use humor to apply the lessons of improvisation to super-charge their personal experiences. Laughter has healing powers. Taught by Dr. Christine.
Find your funny bone - Ever just need a night with some friends to laugh? Maybe you have some friends to introduce to your other friends, this is a great way to get them to get to know each other.
Girls Night Out: "I invited Christine to lead an improv evening for myself and a group of friends. I asked her (or rather instructed her) to 'crack them open' and she did! It was no easy task considering the mostly reluctant introverts that were assembled. Christine arrived and immediately put everyone at ease. She created a fun space and skillfully brought forth inspired performances from everyone. We laughed to the point of tears and were deeply moved by moments of connection and synchronicity among us. It was truly an unforgettable evening. And one of the most reluctant participants has decided to seek out an improv group in her own city to continue the fun. Christine is an improv master. The experience of love and laughter is guaranteed!" - With love and laughter - Deanna
Graduation Party | Sweet Sixteen Party | Bachelorette Party - Have a child or friend getting ready to graduate? Lazy Fairy Improv - Christine Alexander, Joey Panek and Scotty Felsenfeld on guitar will come to your house or venue and perform an interactive, audience participation, hilarious improv show.
"You all were so fabulous. Thanks for coming over. You were the highlight of Daniel's [graduation] party." ~ Susie Marro (see photos to left)
- Children-friendly games create positive interaction in a safe, collaborative environment.
Be Silly, Be Confident
- Break out of your shell and hone your listening and response skills. Builds confidence through interactive games that foster positive thinking and reinforcement.
Please book a workshop today. I look forward to laughing with you! Have another idea for a workshop? Let's make a custom show together.
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