Sense of Humor in the Workplace

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of
getting along with people, of getting things done.” –
Dwight D. Eisenhower

A few years ago, a survey was conducted using 1,400
executives who were asked whether an employee’s sense of
humor was an important part of fitting into their
company’s culture.

The following are the responses to the survey:
*22% – “very important”
*57% – “somewhat important”
*20% – “not important at all”
*1% – “I don’t know.”

The good news from this survey is that 79% of companies
felt that humor had some value for their organizations.

Research has shown that workplaces with a sense of humor
tend to be less hierarchical and the employees more
relaxed and innovative.

HR POINTER: A good sense of humor can be an indicator of
how well an employee will handle stress in the workplace.

If a sense of humor is important in an organization’s
culture, it should be a consideration in the interviewing
and hiring process.

As such, the interview process:
1. Must not be overly formal and

2. Must include appropriate behavior-based interview
questions to assess how candidates use their sense of
humor in the workplace or how it helped ease work where
they have worked in the past.


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