Humor in the Workplace Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the use of humor in the workplace to defuse stress and improve employee morale.
# 151594 | 3,906 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 27, 2012 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources)

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This paper presents a study on how spontaneous and planned humor can be used as a cost-effective method of defusing stressful working conditions and improving employee morale. The paper reviews the literature on the use of humor in the workplace and the corporate cultures that value humor. The paper then discusses the procedures that can be followed for anyone who wishes to learn how to use humor effectively.

Research Statement
Background and Significance
Review of Literature

From the Paper:

"Virtually any workplace can be a highly stressful environment that contributes to stress among employees in ways that result in decreased morale and productivity (Mackenzie, 2007). The results of a recent study of stress in the workplace cited by Dixon (2009) confirmed the importance of developing a sense of cohesiveness among employees. For example, according to Dixon (2009), "With a direct correlation between productivity and employee morale, a solid confidence and engagement throughout the company--from the top down as well as the bottom up--is necessary if a company is going to increase profitability and thrive" (p. 62). An old adage suggests that "laughter is the best medicine" and a number of studies have confirmed that laughter can facilitate the healing process, reduce the level of stress being experienced in a given situation and help forge a sense of belonging to a group. According to Markstrom (2007), "When done with the right touch, humor can defuse tense situations, create an atmosphere of trust and help people relate to one another" (p. 19). Likewise, Broughton (2009) recently observed that, "Humor at work increases creativity, leading to improved problem solving and innovation and happier employees" (p. 31). A "funny" thing about humor, though, is just how easy it is to get it wrong. In this regard, Markstrom adds that, "Do it wrong and embarrassment is the least of your worries" (p. 19)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Avolio, B. J., & Bass, B. M. (2002). Developing potential across a full range of leadership: Cases on transactional and transformational leadership. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Blythe, J., Baumann, A., Zeytinoglu, I. U., Denton, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Davies, S. & Kolotylo, C. (2008). Nursing generations in the contemporary workplace. Public Personnel Management, 37(2), 137-138.
  • Broughton, P. D. (2009, July 6). Office life is no joke. Or is it? Some frown on humor in the workplace, but it makes staff happier and lifts productivity. The Evening Standard (London, England), 31.
  • Deal, T. E. & Kennedy, A. A. (2000). The new corporate cultures: Revitalizing the workplace after downsizing, mergers, and reengineering. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.
  • Diamond, M. A. (1999). The unconscious life of organizations: Interpreting organizational identity. Westport, CT: Quorum Books.

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