Humor Has Its Work Place


According to an interesting article in Forbes Magazine, people who tone down their sense of humor in the office and take themselves too seriously are often taken less seriously by the people around them. So, if your office tends to be dry and dull, you might want to try injecting a little humor into your workday.

Numerous surveys suggest that humor can be at least one of the keys to success. Robert Half International found 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement; while 84% found people with a good sense of humor do a better job. Another study, conducted by Bell Leadership Institute, found the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, president of Humor at Work, and author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank, says humor demonstrates “maturity and the ability to see the forest through the trees.”

You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian, Kerr adds, “but well-placed humor that is clever and apropos to a business situation always enhances an employee’s career.”

Bob Levy