SURVEY SAYS: How’s the Weather at Work?

We recently covered a survey in which top management said a sense of humor is important in the workplace.

By Rebecca Moore | April 10, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Which meteorological term best describes the atmosphere in your work environment?”

More than three in ten (30.5%) described their work environment as partly sunny, while 18.6% said it was cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. “Sunny” was selected by 5.1% of responding readers; 6.8% each chose “partly cloudy” and “cloudy with a chance of rain.” Slightly more than 3% said their work environment was cloudy; 1.7% chose “winter storms”; and 8.5% said it was a combination of meteorological terms listed.

“Other” responses included:

  • Constantly stormy with a rare glance of the sun.
  • Mild with frequent tornadoes
  • galacial
  • snark and partly bit*chy with an 87% possibility of hubris
  • Foggy
  • unpredictable
  • black hole
  • Dark and Stormy
  • Partly chancy with scattered attitude disturbances likely due to lingering upper atmospheric meddling.
  • Hurricane - category 2

In verbatim comments, readers shared that the “weather” in the office is often different in different departments. Also, certain colleagues or events, such as changing computer systems, can change the weather from good to bad. Several lucky readers noted their workplaces are great places to work. Editor’s Choice is a tie this week for the reader who said, “A humorless environment lacks the sunshine needed to live and thrive,” and the one who said, “I try very hard to maintain a sunny attitude. Some days it is easier than others. If you keep smiling, they wonder what you're up to.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey!