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How Managers Can Use the Rules of Comedy to Engage Teams

September 8, 2021


As employees return to the office, interacting in real life can feel awkward after being remote for more than a year, so it’s up to managers to help set the tone and break the ice. One way to do that is to borrow tools from comedy.

“This year taught us that we’re not working with a script,” said Kelly Leonard, executive director of insights and applied improvisation for The Second City, a Chicago-based improvisational comedy club that also offers classes for businesses. “[Comedians] are adept at navigating the world without a script.”

These four rules of comedy can help managers ensure that employees feel valued and safe sharing their ideas in the workplace:

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