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The errors of comedy

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employees laughing at computerA happy workplace tends to be a productive one, so having team members who are adept at mitigating conflict and stress with humor can be a godsend.

However, an employee who consistently acts like it is April Fool’s Day or wanders into “dangerous” territory with inappropriate jokes can be disruptive and bad for morale.

It’s only funny until ...

Humor that others could find sexist, racist, vulgar or religiously intolerant definitely does not belong in any office. Many other subjects, however, fall into a gray area—one in which to be cautious. Everyone needs to be aware that even in a culturally homogeneous group, what’s funny to one person can be offensive to another.

“Office comedians are at their best when they keep in mind the benefit of the humor they provide,” says Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Survival Basics for the Information Age. “If it lifts spirits, lessens the stress of errors and deadlines, and h...(register to read more)

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