The Performance Group (TPG) Celebrates Humor in the Workplace

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TPG, a Bay Area event planning company, finds that combining humor with serious business is a recipe for success and announces the release of its funny video parody, “A Palm between 2 Gals.”

A funny story or joke during a tense moment serves as a great equalizer.

We all love to laugh. It makes us happy, and scientists are beginning to understand why. The reason seems to be less about the intellectual pleasure of understanding the joke and more about the knee-slapping guffaw. Apparently, the muscular exertion required in a good giggle triggers an increase in endorphins. The importance of these feel-good chemicals lies in their ability to put us in a relaxed state and strengthen social bonds. But is there a place for humor in the office setting? TPG sure thinks so. As a matter of fact, they deem fun and frolic to be an integral part of their company culture.

When we asked TPG employees if humor was important to them in their work day, the answer was a resounding yes. “Our line of business can be stressful,” one Account Manger confirmed. “We plan global corporate events and getting 1,000 attendees to Macau, China requires a lot of moving parts and several departments working together.” When pressed about the effects of a good laugh, the employee went on to explain, “A funny story or joke during a tense moment serves as a great equalizer. There is something unifying about everyone enjoying the same emotion at the same time.”

In thinking about the presence of humor in the workplace, one wonders if it benefits the client as well. “I think so,” one of the company’s senior customer service agents said. “If I’ve had a good laugh with coworkers, I’m in a good mood. If I’m in a good mood, the client is going to hear it in my voice. And, who knows, maybe that puts him in a good mood too!”

To celebrate frivolity at work, TPG has added a humorous video to their more business-minded executive video series which can be found at On Thursday, June 5th, Suzanne Ashton, Chairwoman, joins Stuart Patton, Communications Manager, in presenting “A Palm between 2 Gals.” The video is parody of comedian Zach Galifianakis’s Funny or Die web series. So consider downloading the video to have a chuckle before passing it on to your soon-to-be-happy coworkers.

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