Workplace LOLS?

A recent post on Fast Company explores the role of laughter in the workplace. It got us thinking, is laughter looked upon in your workplace as wasting time or is it embraced as a well-needed break from the pressures of the workplace? The writer of the article says laughter doesn’t make you less professional rather, it makes you more enjoyable to work with.

Forbes quotes Dwight D. Eisenhower: "A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." They go on to point out that in a Robert Half International survey, 91% of executives believe a sense of humour is important for career advancement.

Of course, there can be a dark side to humour. Psychology Today says, “researchers found that telling an inappropriate joke leads to lower perceived competence and decrease in status. Choose wisely!” they say. Remember the class clown? Laughter can easily turn to annoyance or worse. lists ‘30 benefits of humor at work’! Perhaps we don’t always consider the role of humour in communications, relationships, productivity etc. But I bet we all recognize the impact of experiencing a lack of humour. Taking things too seriously can create a tense workplace where fear may influence the culture.

Many workplaces are challenged to attract and retain skilled employees. provides 5 tips and the first is providing a positive work environment.

P - Provide a Positive Working Environment
R - Recognize, Reward and Reinforce the Right Behavior
I - Involve and Engage
D - Develop Skills and Potential
E - Evaluate and Measure

With a past employer, the social committee used to play comedy movies a few times a year during lunch breaks and serve popcorn to employees. The mood was noticeably lighter afterwards. Fun builds morale and encourages a sense of team. And we shouldn’t forget that laughter is the best medicine! Laughing stimulates the heart and lungs, increases blood flow around the body, and increases feel-good endorphins released from the brain.

Respecting humour in the workplace doesn’t require hiring a professional comedian but perhaps rather a shift in how laughter is viewed, received and demonstrated by leadership. How much humour is appropriate? That depends on your culture, your business and your style however, a light-hearted approach can create an atmosphere of acceptance an motivation. recommends leading by example: Be capable of laughing at your own mistakes without taking yourself too seriously. This will encourage your team members to be able to relax and be more creative, innovative, and risk-taking with their performance, and improve productivity at the workplace.

"A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.