We work hard here at Central Communications. We have standards to uphold, awards to win, customer service to handle. We are serious about our work. But not too serious. Sometimes, when the phones are quiet, we take a little break, have a chat and make each other laugh.
Is it a regular laugh fest around here? Of course not. We think the work we do is important and we take it seriously. In fact we take it seriously enough to earn awards year after year. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy each other’s company and have a good laugh here and there.
If you have worked at enough jobs, you get to know when it’s not approrpraite to be laughing and when it is. You also know that it can be miserable to have to work a a job where no one is happy to be there.
From Forbes magazine:
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.
“Humor, by its nature, tends to have an edge to it, so people typically tone it down at work,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do at Work (Portfolio, 2013), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2012). “It’s hard to do well and easy to do badly. Plus, we all have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously.”
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 (Dec. 2013), says the amount or type of humor you’ll find in any given workplace depends almost entirely on the culture. “In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves–that are less hierarchical and more innovative–people tend to be more open with their humor,” he says. “Even people who aren’t always comfortable sharing their humor tend to do so in more relaxed environments where the use of humor becomes second nature with everyone’s style.”
So take a deep breath, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself, and don’t be so serious that you can’t see the humor in a tough situation.