Being Funny Can Help you Get Ahead at Work


The daily grind in the workplace is no laughing matter, right? Well perhaps not, studies have shown that humour at the office can often paint the joker in a favourable light however what about those in more serious professions such as accounting and finance specialists?

In an employee satisfaction survey, 79% of CEOs stated that an employee’s sense of humor plays a key a role in how well they can adapt to the company’s corporate culture, regardless of the sphere of work.

“We can have more profound relationships with our colleagues by looking on the Brightside of situations and tackling issues with a sense of humour” Recruitment Manager for Indeed.co.uk states: “Smart leaders want to have a good time at work, as well as offering a great product or service. It’s no secret that fulfilled and happy employees are the most productive ones.”

Additionally, maintaining some light-heartedness can help teams in the following way:

  • Nurturing a positive corporate culture.
  • Building rapport between departments.
  • Alleviating tension within teams.

Generally speaking, any office or working environment (regardless of area) that is lacking in the occasional anecdote may lead to higher stress and lower morale long-term. A humourless, demanding workplace will ultimately lead to a high turnover rate in most offices.

How can you use laughter positively in the workplace?

Using the following tips can help you:

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Laugh with your coworkers; never at them.
  • Keep it suitable & light-hearted.
  • Laughter as a management tool perhaps may not be the best technique.

While some bosses may be concerned about showing their lighter side to an employee, the ability to smile or have some fun is a valuable asset in the workplace.

Your good temperament and ability to maintain a level of light-heartedness at the office will make employees want to work for you and be more confident approaching you in a time of need.  Furthermore, managers and team leaders will be more likely to establish your company as an attractive employer and further increase company retention rates.