Everyone can agree, sense of humor is a good trait in a person. Working with someone who is dry and doesn’t laugh much, can make you feel bored or sometimes even nervous to make conversation with them. However, the amount and ways you use your humor in the workplace is important.
When you think about a leader and their roles they take, you may not think about humor being a good aspect. Everyone should have a sense of humor and be able to laugh at certain things. But, not to the point of needing to involve HR and a list of what not to do’s.
Why Having a Sense of Humor Can Help You at Work
Humor can be one of the main components to success in the workplace. There are so many stressors in today’s world that a little bit of humor is a nice break. If you work next to someone who is dry all the time, you should work on helping them let loose a little. It will make for a much more enjoyable day.
Being able to laugh at yourself is a quality that some have. Self-deprecation can show your employees that you understand your own strengths and weaknesses. This can also build trust between you and your employees, making you more relatable.
Keeping Things Professional
While it is great to show you are able to laugh at yourself, joke with employees and keep things light, you want to make sure things still stay professional.
Keeping humor under control is key when doing it professionally. You want to make sure there is a line you don’t cross when it comes to being funny. Making sure to not insult anyone while doing so, discriminating against anyone, or being inappropriate. Even when self-deprecation comes into play, you want to be aware it is just humor and not make too much fun of yourself.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved