Why we need to ‘get a room’ in the workplace

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‘Get a room.’ It’s hardly the directive you’d expect to hear from a workplace manager. (It’s more like the comment one of our teenagers makes at home when we olds are snuggling on the couch watching our favourite TV series).

In an article today, the Sydney Morning Herald’s workplace editor Anna Patty raises concern that technology is dehumanising our workplace relationships: that we’re more likely to fire off a volley of emails to the back of the head we can see across the open-plan office than get off our bum and walk to that person’s desk and talk; that switched-on managers are suggesting ‘get a room’ to actually talk.

‘It’s important for leaders to ensure digitisation doesn’t lead to the death of the human touch,’ Randstad’s Mike Roddy told The SMH.

In reading this article, I was reminded of a conversation last month in Bangalore, India, with Laughter Yoga founder Dr Madan Kataria. I was seeking more evidence of the benefits of Laughter Yoga in the workplace. As a form of stress management, I had no doubt but what more was there?

His list was extensive: improved rapport, communication, motivation and creativity; reduced absenteeism; optimal performance and better team work just to name a few.

‘Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environment compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability,’ Dr Kataria said.

‘Laughter Yoga creates a positive energy and improves communication between people.’

He referred to a business world-specific study, in Bangalore, a few years ago, in which physiological, immunological and psychological tests were performed over the course of 18 days and 7 LY sessions. Commitment, loyalty and connection were measurably improved as were stress levels and blood pressure.

‘Those who laugh together, will work well together,’Dr Kataria said, his smile bursting into a chortle.

Ah yes, we’d better get a room…to book a laughter session.

Interested in a laughter wellness workshop or hosting Laughter Yoga sessions in your workplace? Let’s talk!

 

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy, 2016

 

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