Take a break from being the boss who's always trying to teach things. Just be the boss of dancing

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Any big fan of 'The Office' TV show surely recalls Michael Scott’s unforgettable awkward dancing moments in the episode 'Booze Cruise' (Season 2, Episode 11). It's been nearly two decades since the season was released, yet this scene remains one of the most impressive in the show’s history, too funny to be erased from the audience’s minds. However, it’s not just humorous; it also sheds light on some ideas to enhance our workplace lives.

In that moment, Michael Scott shares a profound perspective: 'Sometimes, you have to take a break from being the kind of boss who’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.'

Yes, dancing— that’s what we want to delve into in this blog post, exploring its unexpectedly powerful impact on workplace productivity. 

  1. Stress Reduction

    Dance serves as a natural stress-reliever. Engaging in physical activity, such as dancing, triggers the release of endorphins, the body's feel-good chemicals. This helps reduce stress levels among employees, enabling them to approach their work with a clearer and calmer mindset. Beyond mere assumption, a 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine affirmed that dance can decisively improve brain health.

  2. Boost in Mood and Morale 
    Beyond the laughter, Michael Scott's words in the aforementioned scene of the TV show draw attention to the importance of embracing moments of joy and spontaneity in the workplace. Dancing is inherently joyful and can uplift spirits. When employees participate in dance activities, it creates a positive and enjoyable atmosphere. Improved mood and morale contribute to a more optimistic work environment, fostering better teamwork and collaboration. It positively influences employee morale and, consequently, productivity.
  3. Physical Well-being
    A McKinsey interview with Annastiina Hintsa, the CEO of a coaching firm, revealed that well-being is not only an ingredient in sustainable high performance but rather its foundation. Regular physical activity, like dancing, promotes overall health. Employees who engage in dance experience increased energy levels, better cardiovascular health, and improved physical fitness. Enhanced well-being often translates into increased stamina and focus during work hours.
  4. Enhanced Work-Relationships
    Shared experiences, such as participating in dance activities, contribute to stronger bonds among colleagues. Improved relationships within the workplace can lead to smoother collaboration, effective communication, and a more cohesive and supportive team.

    Dancing—a simple but impactful gesture of employee appreciation. Why not?
    According to Gallup, the toll of unhappy workers on US firms skyrocketed to a staggering $1.9 trillion last year, a seismic increase from the $450-$550 billion per year recorded in 2013.


    (One of our employees was happily dancing to his favorite song while working)

    Making workers feel valued and appreciated remains a challenge for US employers. Even in a world focused on digitalization and AI, humans are still the backbone of all industries. Dancing could be a non-monetary but impactful way to make your employees feel they belong to the workplace. There is no complex recipe behind it—just let them dance a little to their favorite songs while working if they wish to. Appreciate them for who they are and the way they want to be valued. That’s the essence of genuine and effective appreciation.

    Returning to Michael Scott’s dancing scene—he performs a series of moves, including the robot, the worm, and the sprinkler, accompanied by loud noises and facial expressions. Some of his employees try to ignore him, some laugh, and some join in. We would unhesitatingly join his dancing team if we were his employee. It's 2024—who says we cannot have that kind of little fun at work, especially if the work is more than just getting done afterward?