In 2010, I created a survey to better understand the people visiting my site and their usage of humor at work. Since then, more than 700 people have responded, and here’s what they’ve said about humor in the workplace and more.
Humor Related Questions
- 69% of respondents said that humor in the workplace was important or very important. 2% said that it was not important at all.
- 33% of respondents said they use humor at work regularly.
- Of the 2/3rds of people who didn’t use humor at work, their reasons were:
- I don’t think my boss, co-workers, or direct reports would approve (43%).
- I don’t know how (34%).
- I don’t have time (15%).
- I don’t see its value (4%).
- I don’t think it’s appropriate (3%)
- 84% of respondents said they thought being more humorous would improve their job.
- When asked for one thing that would make their workplace happier, responses included:
- Happy hour once a week / Group outings / Team dinners.
- Alcohol / Free food / Ping pong.
- More open appreciation / More respect.
- More work flexibility / Less stress / More vacation.
- More fun / More humor / More laughing.
- Less arrogant supervisors / Stronger leadership / Less blah blah blahing.
Respondent Related Questions
- The occupations of the respondents varied from student to retired and just about everything in between, including: doctors, nurses, surgeons, managers, marketers, military personnel, engineers, teachers, counselors, and even a cartoon editor.
- 45% of respondents worked in business, 16% in education, 12% in healthcare, and 10% were students.
- Of those working in business, the most popular functions were:
- Management (29%)
- Administrative (17%)
- IT (10%)
- Sales (9%)
- Marketing (9%)
- Finance (9%)
- HR (7%)
- 26% of respondents chose not to share their occupations.
- One respondent described his/her job as “Open people up & see what’s the happs.”
- Blue was the winner for favorite color at 18%. It was followed by Green (16%), Purple (12%), and Red (11%). I share my favorite color, orange, with 6% of respondents.
- The most common name was Anna with 5 respondents having that name. It was followed by Rachel, Ben, and Amy with 3 each.
- Some of the songs that respondents were listening to included:
- ABBA – “Dancing Queen”
- Adele – “Someone Like You”
- Coldyplay – “Clocks”
- Frank Sinatra – “My Way
- Katy Perry – “Fireworks”
- Linkin Park – “New Divide”
- Ozzie Osbourn – “Diggin’ Me Down”
- Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”
- Tom Jones – “It’s Not Unusual”
- Tupac – “Changes”
- Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”
About the Survey
The survey was conducted via Google Forms with visitors to this site opting to fill it out. At the time of this analysis, the number of responses was 719.