Boulder City Magazine® April 2010 Issue
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department
I believe all work can be stressful, and oftentimes we take it too seriously. Levity in the workplace is something that I have spent some time researching throughout the last few months. As we navigate through an economy that is the worst many of us have experienced - foreclosures are at an all-time high and Krispy Kreme doughnuts are nearly $9 a dozen who wouldn’t find value in adding levity to their daily routine?
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|I have two photos of Deputy Barney Fife in my office that serve as a constant reminder to keep things in perspective in a profession where seriousness is the key to our longevity. While I don’t see a correlation between the people of Boulder City and Mayberry, I do find value in the fun they experience on the job. Unlike Mayberry, people today do not call the police to simply say hello or to see how we are doing. We see people and situations often at their lowest point. Suicides, car crashes, domestic disturbances, road rage and drug usage are all too common in and around Boulder City, and our staff deals honorably with it all.
I recently toured Zappos, the online shoe company that recently sold for nearly $1 billion during one of the worst recessions many of us have experienced. They infuse levity into their daily routine. Much like Southwest Airlines, they place significant weight on an employee’s ability to have appropriate fun in the workplace; sticks in the mud need not apply.
I found my blood pressure rising as I explored Zappos, clearly an indicator of a person long overdue for levity. School, work, family obligations, car payments, house payments, ill family members, healthy family members that will soon be sick. All common excuses used to not infuse flippancy into our lives. Or are they clues screaming at us to insert a level of lightheartedness into our daily routine?
I challenge you to seek out opportunities to laugh you may want to start with a good laugh at yourself a great way to start any day according to authors Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher in their award-winning book, The Levity Effect.
Until next month lighten up, laugh and stay safe.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.
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