Is Humor the Secret Tool for Bridging the Connection Gap?

Is humor the secret weapon for combatting disconnect in your organization? In the often fast-paced and high-stress manufacturing industry, it might not seem like there’s time for humor . . . but Tim Gard wants to change your mind!

Tim is a Hall of Fame Speaker and business coach, who uses his own humor-infused presentations to show others how humor can improve productivity and create stronger connections. He recently brought his trademark humor to the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, where he shared more about why humor can play a surprising role in improving connection in your organization.

Why Does Humor Matter in Your Organization?

The answer is simple: when you and your team can work hard and laugh hard, you’re bound to find better results! By using humor in your workplace, you can find ways to:

  • Motivate and encourage your team
  • Reduce stress during challenging times
  • Bridge the disconnection gap
  • Start more productive and curious conversations

However, it can be difficult to find the best ways to bring more humor to your team, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the best ways to incorporate humor into professional workplaces.

In his appearance on the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, Tim shared some of his best tips for finding your own way to bring more humor to your manufacturing organization.

Tip #1: Find Out What’s Funny to Your Team

Everyone on your team has a different sense of humor. What is hilarious to someone might not even get a smile out of someone else, and different people may react in very different ways to the same joke. To find out what’s humorous for each individual member of your team, take time to get to know them. Then, you can find ways to use humor in a way that’s sure to connect with them.

Tip #2: Adjust and Adapt in Your Communications

If you’re trying to use humor to connect with someone and feel like it’s simply not working, don’t be discouraged. Instead, consider adjusting your communications style and adapting to a style that works with your team member. For example, maybe a team member is more comfortable in one-on-one meetings rather than group situations, or is more receptive to humor while on a break. Once you find out how your team members prefer to communicate, you can find the best ways to connect with them.

Tip #3: Positivity Starts with You!

When you’re in a happy mood, it’s easier to spread that happiness to your team! If you’re struggling to connect with your team, spend some time focusing on your own mindset. Pay attention to your own behavior and reactions, and think about what you can do to create a more positive environment for your team. If you’re in a good mood, you can put your team in a good mode and make them more receptive to humor and positivity.

Learn More on the Podcast

To learn about humor with Tim Gard, don’t miss his episode of the Mindfulness Manufacturing podcast, which you can find here.

At Manufacturing Greatness, Trevor Blondeel works with manufacturers to connect the top to the shop. If you’re ready to improve your own organization, contact Trevor to learn how Manufacturing Greatness can help you build stronger leaders and develop a dynamic, high-performing workplace.