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Using Humor In Business To Lead. Entrepreneur MBA Podcast 4.27

On today’s podcast, Jan McInnis from The Work Lady and Stephen Halasnik from Financing Solutions discuss using humor in business to lead. Business leaders who have mastered the art of humor in administration effectively engage their workers in the most creative way to promote productivity and efficiency. That’s to say,  knowing how to make your employees laugh at the workplace will positively impact your business. Employees feel motivated and animated when they’re in their best mood. And there’s no other way to foster employees’ happiness than the use of humor in the workplace. 

Using Humor In Business To Lead

For business owners, getting your employees and workers to laugh more brings many benefits to your workplace. The workplace needs laughter. Hence business leaders should learn to use humor to lead. Using humor relieves stress and boredom in the workplace, it also promotes engagement and well-being, and accelerates creativity and collaboration among employees and employers.  

The workplace should not be a sober place for people. It’s essential that business leaders foster a culture of humor in the day-to-day operation of their businesses by working hard to figure out what makes people laugh within the workplace. In other words, bosses should learn how to be humorous to elicit fun-loving behavior from their employees, which promotes productivity and effectiveness within the organization.  

Using Humor In Business To Lead

There are numerous benefits to using humor to lead in business, including less burnout, increased productivity, enhanced collaboration, rapid recovery from stress, and overall efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery. Business leaders should leverage humor to maximize the chances of getting the best out of their employees. After all, experience has shown that if you can control the humor of a person, you can nearly control everything else about him.

Engage Your Employees with Humor

Every business leader should learn how not to be overly serious all the time. There are times to joke around. Research has shown that leaders with a sense of humor are seen as 27% more loved and motivating than those who don’t. Humor is a great way to connect with people instantly. It helps to defuse tension and lighten a tough situation or conversation. Being comical at the workplace animates the employees and encourages them to be more productive. In addition, it makes employees more engaged and promotes creativity in problem-solving, leading to improved performance in service delivery.  

Humor Creates Bond

Joking around builds closeness and trust. Business owners should take more steps to find witty remarks that resonate with their workers to accelerate feelings of closeness with them. It’s on record that when people that barely know each other laugh together for a while, they are more likely to become more intimate in their conversation. Plus, one of the greatest drivers of employee performance is having a close friend- presumably one you laugh with at the workplace. 

Humor Suppresses Negative Feelings

No one can have double feelings at the same time, It’s either you’re happy or sad. In other words, if you’re feeling joyous or glad, you can’t be feeling pressured or stressed. Using humor in your workplace can help your employees relax and forget bad events that had previously occurred in their lives. When your employees laugh or feel enjoyment, they tend to flit away from negative stimuli. In addition, they have improved quality of life, better self-esteem, self-competency, more control over anxiety, and better performance in social interactions.

It’s imperative that business owners integrate humor in their workplace to optimize the operation of their business. 

Build Recreational Center for Fun Events

Create a recreational center in your workplace and routinely organize fun events that resonate with your employees. The comic events should reduce the chances of burnout and help increase productivity and boost morale and creativity. 


You must not be a natural clown or comedian for you to use humor to manage your workers. In other words, as a business leader, you can still create an environment where people can laugh and effectively work. Humor allows the brain the time to relax to become effective in dealing with the next task. In addition, it’s so potent in building connections between people. And it fosters an amiable workplace that promotes productivity. 

Business leaders should hone their sense of humor to achieve their business goals, build a more effective and creative organization, and cultivate stronger bonds.

Learn More About Our Guest

Jan McInnis is a keynote speaker, comedian, Master of Ceremonies, and comedy writer. She has written for Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, the Jerry Springer Show, and many others. For over 25 years, she’s traveled the country sharing her unique and practical tips on how to use humor in business. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post for her clean humor, and she’s the author of two books: Finding the Funny Fast – How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers, and Crowds, and Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs. Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.

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