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: