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These are the dangers of using humor in the workplace

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You probably know that there are many benefits of humor in the workplace. It encourages creativity , and it can help improve relationships, which leads to a better work culture. But it would be wrong not to mention the dangers of humor. Bob Mankoff, a former cartoon editor at the New Yorker, says humor can “unite and divide, teach and taunt, attract and repel.”

Humor is like a screwdriver–an incredibly useful tool that often involves a twist. When used in the right context, it can help you construct and deconstruct any number of objects. But to get the benefits, you have to use it correctly. If you try to use a Phillips head screwdriver on one of those screws that looks like a star, it won’t fit.

Humor is a fantastic tool when you use it appropriately. When you don’t, it can have serious consequences. Here are some dangers that you should be aware of.

Distraction can sometimes be a good thing. If you’re stressed out at work and near the point of burnout, taking a break to recharge can be valuable. But distraction can also create disaster.

As Jim Lyttle, PhD, shared in his paper on the judicious use of humor in the workplace, “While [humor] may seem harmless enough on a personal level, tomfoolery can lead workers to ignore quality or safety standards.” If you’re working in a........

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