Let the Good Times Roll: Building a Fun Culture

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An article from the Harvard Management Update explores the use of humor in building a strong culture at work.  The article, Let the Good Times Roll: Building a Fun Culture by David Stauffer explores the value of humor and ways to incorporate it correctly in the workplace.

Some of the key points from the article:

  • “Humor and creativity go together, says clinical psychologist Joseph R. Dunn.  ‘In both, you’re looking at variables and seeing new connections.  You’re tying two things together in a new way.'” (page 3)
  • “When people share emotions–positive or negative–they become closer.”  So why not bring your team together through the positive emotions of humor, rather than the negative emotions of being over-worked or stressed-out. (page 4)
  • “‘Consistent use of appropriate humor makes people want to read and hear what you have to say,’ says former corporate CFO Elaine Riva Schneider.” (page 4)
  • “If you believe your work may be somehow too serious for humor, consider Dunn’s observation: ‘Humor is not inconsistent with seriousness.  In fact, most humor is derived from serious situations.'” (page 5)

Source: Let the Good Times Roll: Building a Fun Culture by David Stauffer.  Havard Management Update, October 1999.

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