Work and Humor
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Work and Humor Do Mix
    Can work and humor mix in the workplace? According to recruitment consultant Robert Half International, professionals (managers and employees alike) who have a good sense of humor are better able to build relationships and ease stressful situations.

Why is a good sense of humor important in the workplace?
  • Having a good sense of humor makes you more likeable and will enable you to build rapport and trust with managers, colleagues and clients more easily.
  • Maintaining a sense of humor during difficult times can help ease the stress of those situations. This allows people to keep a sense of perspective and focus on what they need to do to accomplish their goals.

What are some things to avoid regarding to humor?

  • Humor must be low-key, even understated, and should never be used at inappropriate times or to demean someone. Never make another person the target of a joke, and never make jokes about race, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion and disabilities.
  • Stay away from sarcasm, which can be viewed as a subtle way to insult other people.
  • Don’t make light of mistakes. Instead, acknowledge them, correct them, and maintain the proper perspective for you and your staff.

How do you know if you’ve gone too far in trying to be funny?

  • There are obvious signs, such as a visible display of emotion or a deterioration of relationships.
  • More subtly, you could see a drop in productivity if people no longer trust you or are as motivated by you.

How can you improve your sense of humor?

  • You can show you have a good sense of humor without ever saying a word. Be willing to laugh at yourself and acknowledge the humor of others. Showing you can take a joke, or even poke one at yourself, can go a long way toward showing your lighter side.
  • Tailor your approach to each individual. For example, you could share a light-hearted article with someone having a bad day or discuss a funny episode of a TV show with a colleague you know watches the same program.
  • Start a “funny file.” Are there comic strips or quotes you find particularly funny? Is there a photo that makes you laugh or feel better when you’re having a rough day? Look at these whenever you – or someone in your team – need pick-me-up. Just make sure everything in the file is appropriate for the workplace.

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