This book is the first-ever authoritative work on the use and management of humor in the workplace. It is a practical guide for everyone involved: the humorists ('jokers'), the targets (sometimes 'victims'), the observers ('audience') and most of all the managers who have to 'set the tone' and encourage, control and manage humor.
Humor is part and parcel of every workplace. However, while it usually demonstrates and fosters a united, happy workforce, it can at times be deeply damaging and divisive.
The authors - academics with vast organizational experience and a research-based understanding of humor at work - bring together state-of-the art knowledge of the topic, making it fun, accessible and readable for all humor participants. The topics include how humor works, humor cultures in organizations, the many forms of workplace humor and their pros and cons, humor rituals at work, digital humor, workplace jokers, the 21st century issue of 'political correctness', and both the 'bright side' of humor (assisting positive cultures, making work 'fun'), and its 'dark side' (where humor offends and humiliates).
With over 60 'real life' illustrative stories of workplace humor, a self-completion questionnaire to measure the Humor Climate in your organization, end-of-chapter 'takeaways' and an end-of-book summary advocating 'best practice', the book is a 'fun', how-to-do-it guide that will both inform and entertain.