Lighten Up at Work

Fifty-six percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed by Accountemps said an employee’s sense of humor is somewhat important for fitting into the company’s corporate culture.

Twenty-two percent said it was very important. But, the same number said it was not important at all.

“A sense of humor can boost moods and improve connections among colleagues,” says Mike Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “Creating a positive and friendly work environment can lead to higher levels of employee engagement and productivity.”

Steinitz adds, “Not all business matters are funny, but a little levity can go a long way, particularly when it comes to defusing tension or recovering from a minor mishap. There’s nothing like a joke to put people at ease.”