Working Wit

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I firmly believe that women can and should be funny. Not only is laughter fantastic for our health and happiness, it is essential for our career prosperity. For example, a Robert Half International survey found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement; while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job.

Not any kind of working wit will do though. There is HR appropriateness to consider of course but that aside, I believe the workplace humor is at its best when it is all inclusive; widely appealing and not dispersed at the expense of one or more of the team members, including one self.  Self-deprecating humor can work if used infrequently and with variety. For example, if you are always joking of own tardiness, you will only cement a notion that you are a tardy person. 

Humor is a skill that we should nurture as we do our other career skills. Women especially so given that being funny requires us to speak up, to be the center of attention and to carry a certain level of risk, all traits not associated traditionally with the female identity.

The benefits of a working wit are expansive. Humor can be used strategically to break tension or as an entry way into a challenging topic because who can stay hostile when laughing? It keeps the tone light, stress free and creative. On an individual level we like funny people and enjoy working with them because humor is such a wonderful bonding experience.

So why not get cracking? 

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps
as you walk the tightrope of life." 
— William Arthur Ward

1 comment:

  1. There is nothing better than a good laugh. A sense of humor is so important.