Workplace Humor

Ethics in the Workplace Humor

Workplace Humor is crucial to the success and enjoyment of any company.

It’s not often that the words ‘humor’ and ‘ethics’ are used in the same sentence. As an expert keynote speaker and communicator, Jerome Mayne has found that humor is crucial to a healthy workplace environment. Including genuine humor and comic relief around the office builds trust.

When trust is built, employees feel more comfortable discussing uncomfortable and questionable situations.

How To Get Humor In the Office

First, allow it! Attitudes around the office come from the top down. That means from the CEO all the way down to the janitors. Too often managers will tell their employees to “stop messing around” and “hey, get serious”. While taking your work seriously is important, so too is connecting with one and other with laughter.


Humor to Learn Your Profession

Most; nearly all professions have a code of ethics or ethical conduct. They are dry and — does anyone really read them. You might be required to take continuing education classes for ethics credit to maintain your professional designation. These classes are dry and will put your people to sleep.


Keynote Speaker Bringing the Funny

For over 20 years, Jerome Mayne has been speaking at conferences and conventions. His serious keynote presentation deals with the consequences of making poor ethical choices and actually going to prison. How is that funny!

This is a really live lesson in ethics. No bullet points and no one sleeps. This is how your employees will learn about ethics in the workplace.

Ethics in the workplace humor


Keynote Speaker’s Comedy Background

Jerome Mayne began his comedy career in Minneapolis at the Stevie Ray’s Improv Company, in 1989. He quickly became a performer with their main stage improv comedy troupe. He also was an instructor for their school of improv comedy.  Jerome still teaches two improv classes a week for business professionals as well as the general public.

From 1999 to 2003 he toured the mid-west as a stand-up comedian. It was this experience that his speaking skills, and topics developed into what they are today.

There was a significant gap in touring as a stand up comedian. It was when he was serving his 21 month prison sentence at the federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota – between 1999 and 2001.  He did however, perform stand up comedy and taught improv to the other inmates while serving his sentence.

His experience in federal prison is the primary story of his keynote presentation titled ‘Choices and Consequences‘. He did not facilitate any workshops on ethics in the workplace while in prison.

Ethics and Workplace Humor

Research shows that information is absorbed better when presented in a humorous fashion. With each keynote, Jerome’s audiences get a feel for the consequences of crossing the line. Additionally, they’ll hear of the riveting accounts of his experiences. These are serious topics presented with just the right amount of comic relief. They will remember these sessions for the rest of their lives.


Top 5 reasons On Importance of Workplace Humor

  1. Boosts morale – productivity: Laughter is an instant mood-lifter, and incorporating humor into the workplace can help boost morale and increase productivity. When employees are in a positive state of mind, they tend to work more efficiently and collaboratively.
  2. Reduces stress: A little bit of humor can go a long way in reducing stress levels in the workplace. When employees are under stress, they are more likely to experience burnout. This can lead to absenteeism and a decrease in productivity. By using humor, you can create a relaxed and enjoyable work environment that helps reduce stress.
  3. Improves communication: Humor can also improve communication in the workplace. When people share a laugh together, they tend to be more open and honest with each other. This can help build stronger relationships and increase teamwork.
  4. Enhances creativity: Workplace humor can also enhance creativity. When employees are encouraged to be playful, they are more likely to come up with new and innovative ideas. Humor can also help break down barriers and encourage employees to think outside the box.
  5. Makes work enjoyable: Finally, workplace humor can make work enjoyable. Employees look forward to coming to work because they know they will have a good time, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their jobs. This can lead to higher retention rates and a more positive work culture.

Incorporating humor into the workplace can have a significant positive impact on morale, productivity, communication, creativity, and overall job satisfaction. It is a powerful tool that can help create a more positive work environment. This ultimately contributes to the success of any organization.

Serious Humor in The Workplace

To promote ethical behavior in the workplace, consider incorporating humor into the messaging. Humor is a powerful tool that can help the team better retain and apply the information shared, while also creating a more positive and inclusive work environment.

When humor is incorporated into the workplace culture it boosts morale. It also reduces stress, improves communication, enhances creativity, and makes work more enjoyable. By using humor to discuss serious topics like ethical behavior, the message becomes more engaging and approachable. This helps to break down barriers and encourage open communication.

As a keynote speaker, I use workplace humor to deliver my message about ethical behavior. Which is why the topics areboth engaging and approachable. I share my personal story of going to prison for a white collar conspiracy. It is delivered in a humorous way. This means, I make the topic of ethical behavior more relatable and easier to digest for my audience. The use of humor helps to create a positive and inclusive work environment that encourages ethical behavior and discourages misconduct.

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