What is vital in a good work environment are moments of levity. Without it work is just that, work. We spend so long with our ‘work family’ that making it enjoyable can be the difference between just getting through and actually enjoying it. One of the safest forms of office humour is self-deprecation. Be careful not to overdo it as you do not want to lose the respect of your staff.
If you make a mistake or have a ‘moment’ such as a trip (no injuries!) or a verbal slip, laugh at yourself to lighten the atmosphere. Once your employees see that you can laugh at yourself they will open up and be more comfortable with you and each other – you may even find yourself enjoying your work time more.
Do you have anyone in the office that brings some fun to work, any tips to share?