The bad news: April Fools' Day lands on a Saturday. For those in an office setting, you'll need to wait until Monday morning to prank your officemates. The good news: Data show that having a good sense of humor can be beneficial.
According to Accountemps, 78 percent of chief financial officers who were interviewed said an employee’s sense of humor is at least somewhat important for fitting into the company’s culture, with 22 percent stating humor is very important.
Humor can help professionals in a number of different ways, most notably in helping to build a rapport with fellow coworkers and to help alleviate stress in the office. Having a sense of humor at the office shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously, which in turn makes you more approachable to colleagues and management.
While humor and having a few laughs in the office is by and large a good thing, there is a fine line that needs to be drawn in the sand. It is extremely important to not go over-the-top with inappropriate behavior at work. While people enjoy working with someone who has a good sense of humor, too much goofing around can be counterproductive. To be taken seriously, professionals must balance their desire to keep the mood light with the need to accomplish business objectives and maintain professionalism.
If you are looking to lighten up the office a bit and share a much-needed laugh with colleagues, try following these tips:
While you might not get the satisfaction of bringing jokes and humor on April Fools’ Day this year, there are a number of ways to lighten the mood in the office. As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine! Just make sure you are following the appropriate protocol.
Nicole Rodeghiero is branch manager for Accountemps in Princeton.