Is Humour a Liability at Work? | BTalk

Last Updated Mar 27, 2010 11:04 PM EDT


Graeme Bowman

Graeme Bowman

(Episode 464; 13 minutes 24) I have discovered the hard way that a supposed sense of humour can have a limiting impact on career progression, particular if you are transplanted from one culture (in my case the north of England) to another culture on the other side of the world.

I've often wondered whether I should tone down what I say at work. In truth I probably have a little bit, but the occasional polarizing remark will still slip out during a meeting or presentation.

Perhaps I need a job like Graeme Bowman who, as a corporate comedian, is a rare breed indeed. In today's BTalk we talk about the benefits that humour can provide in the workplace and question whether some people's approach to getting the job done can be a little too serious. Being serious doesn't necessarily equate to being productive, and having fun is not necessarily akin to slacking off.

So how can you make your work environment less solemn and what tricks can we pick up from Graeme to make our work presentations more lively, entertaining and productive? Find out in today's edition of BTalk and feel free to add other suggestions in the comments section at the end of this article.