Where does humor come from? For most people, it cannot be explained. However, when you meet someone who is funny, it can change the dynamic of a room and your personal mood. People who’re self-deprecating can advance slightly faster than others in the workplace. Today, we’ll discuss some ways on how having a sense of humor can positively affect your status in the workplace.
The type of humor used in the workplace must depend on the type of culture. Certain types of humor are only effective in certain types of environments. This is why it’s important to ‘know your audience’ when displaying humor. It’s advantageous for people to display a relaxed and open disposition at work. By showing your personality and letting people in, you’re given more trust by others and tend to be more collaborative and innovative.
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Employees or colleagues who choose to not display humor in the workplace tend to be more serious. If people take themselves too seriously, it can ostracize them from the rest of the workplace because other people feel less comfortable being around them. The stakes are higher when you’re joking with your boss rather than a colleague. Being honest and truthful when using humor can go a long way when dealing with upper management.
“If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work.” –George Carlin
If you’re happier, you’ll perform better
According to a study by a Robert Half International survey, 91% of executives concur that having a sense of humor can help a person advance faster in the workplace. In addition, 84% of executives also think that a person with a good sense of humor does a better job at work. In conclusion, it seems that a humorous person tends to be happier and more productive in the workplace.
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” –Oscar Wilde
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