A dose of the best medicine

A dose of the best medicine

Laughter. It's a miracle drug, it's free, and it's just what this doctor ordered. Here's how a healthy portion of humor can boost your team's morale and fix your workplace woes.
Apr 01, 2009

Craig Woloshyn
Economy got you down? Three client conversations in a row go sour? Had a blind date with someone half your age? Well, my friends, you've come to the right place. I can cure most of your workplace—and maybe dating—ills simply by making you laugh.

What? You want me to prove it? OK, I will. But you must promise that when I do, you'll start promoting humor in your clinic. Follow my advice and soon you'll improve your outlook on life and even your ability to do your job well. Here we go.

Use only as directed

In today's politically correct world, you may be wary of jesting with co-workers. Remember, even though lawyers have tried to outlaw humor, they haven't succeeded. Of course, your humor should always be good-natured. You'll be fine as long as you stay away from politics and religion and don't make jokes at other people's expense. Except for lawyers. They don't have feelings, just bank accounts. (Please don't bother to e-mail if you're married to one.)

If your clients are jokers, include them in the good time—within reason. You probably shouldn't use the same humor in the front office as in the back, but lighten up with pet owners when you can. Here are a few icebreakers to get you started.

Penicillin is the wonder drug. When a doctor wonders what you have, that's what you get.

Don't worry. The doctor has seen an operation exactly like this on TV.

Miracle drug: Anything cats will take without puking.

I quit taking tranquilizers. I was starting to be nice to my in-laws.

Diet tranquilizers: You don't lose weight, but, then again, you really don't care.

The technician who grins when things go wrong is probably going off duty.