Humor and work have always had a tenuous relationship, albeit one that has softened in recent years. Even in the most casual office environments, there are certain stigmas and uncertainties surrounding humor.
The reasons behind this hesitation are obvious; humor often comes with a bite. It’s about poking fun or making light of things that matter to people, and this inherent edge can easily lead to conflict. On top of that, some leaders associate humor with a lack of dedication or seriousness about work.
However, these fears surrounding humor in the workplace are not only unfounded, they directly contradict a growing body of research that suggests that workplace humor is paramount to productivity, cohesion and creativity.
Here are 8 fascinating facts about how humor defines and enhances modern business: