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.