As you may have read here last month, you know that improvisation is more than just an entertaining type of comedy routine. When done well, improv can generate a lot of laughs and be highly entertaining. But I’ve always believed that my taking a year’s worth of improvisation classes makes me a better employee because those classes helped me to: develop better listening skills, think more quickly on my feet, go with the flow in times of chaos and become a stronger team player.
So it was of great interest to read about a Chicago start-up company, Groupon Inc., who has hired several former improvisers to its growing staff. According to Dan Jessup, Groupon’s head recruiter, 25 of its 350 employees have improvisation training. In the article Jessop says, “improvisers are flexible and comfortable when they don’t have all the answers to the information and react.” You can find the full story in the May 24 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business or click here. For more on Groupon, click below.
How about you…what kinds of skills have you gained outside of work that makes you a better employee? Have you added these skills to your resume?