Consultants humor and other experts recommending you to use humor in the workplace often argue that a higher level of humor at work gives a variety of useful results, including improved coherence and cooperation, improved social interaction between workers and managers, better morale and health of employees, less stress and a higher level of creativity, problem solving and performance. Although in most cases the study of production of humor are qualitative and descriptive, results indicate that the enthusiastic statements about the unconditional use of humor at work is to some extent a simplification. Although the workplace is often considered to be overly serious and devoid of humor area, studies show that actually the humor and laugh quite frequently in most organizations.

in addition, research has shown that humor in the workplace performs a variety of functions, not only to promote interaction and cooperation, but also harmful to staff morale and productive working environment. Besides the fact that humor is a form of the game, useful to relieve stress and get more enjoyment out of, it performs an important function of the method of communication, sending a potentially dangerous message in an ambiguous context of employment. Humor as such is used to transmit many messages and achieve different goals. It is used to minimize the differences in position or to consolidate, expressions of agreement or disagreement, facilitate cooperation or resistance to the inclusion of other in the group or exclusion from it, enhance cohesion and strengthen relations or undermine the authority and provisions.

Thus, a simple quantitative increase in the level of manifestations of humor at work is unlikely to bring only positive results. Although most consultants. agrees that some types of humor are inappropriate and harmful in the workplace, it is not easy to distinguish between harmful and beneficial forms of humor or to recommend one type of humor, and not the other. For example, it is often difficult to understand where the end of the friendly teasing and banter and start the ridicule and unwanted jokes.

Using humor in the workplace is associated not only with benefits but also potential risks. One of the most negative types of humor, which has attracted considerable attention in recent decades, is derogatory humor as a form of persecution.

As in other fields, humor in the context of the work is best viewed as a type of social skill or interpersonal competence, which is applicable both for positive and for negative purposes. Consequently, the task of managers and business consultants — not just to increase the level of use of humor by the employees, and try to understand how the already existing humor reflects the dynamics of power and common culture in the organization.

Makarenko Amalia

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