When was the last time you saw people around the water cooler laughing like a bunch of kids, in work-time?
Did you think that perhaps they were being frivolous, wasting the organisations time?
If you did, you would not be alone, as we seem to take ourselves too seriously, and our organisations tend to frown on what is seen as frivolity.
However, when you think about it, laughter is a sign of strong, positive personal relationships, something most organisations work for, so laughter should be seen as a symptom of success, not frivolity.
In a new book, Tom Rath who leads Gallups workplace consulting practice argues in his new book “Vital Friends” that a person with a “best friend” at work is 7 times more likely to be engaged in work than the average.
The book is a the result of a pile of research, but when you stop and think about it, the notion of productivity being associated with being happy makes absolute sense.