WANTED – A Sense of Humor
April 15th and over 5 inches of snow on the ground here in SE Wisconsin. You can either get upset about it and have a bad attitude or you can laugh it off – see picture of spring around the corner. I recently helped a client write up a job description for a post to an online job site. One of the characteristics I suggested he list was a sense of humor. I was totally serious, but it did get a chuckle from a couple people.
Think about it! Would you rather work for a company that can have some fun and fellow workers can laugh at themselves a little bit or would you rather go to a workplace day in and day out where no one smiles, no one shares a joke, and everything is always serious? I’ve seen a nice touch of humor in some of the most stressful and serious workplaces. Dental Assistants, Nurses in the ICU and Veterinarian Assistants sometimes wear silly smocks or scrubs to help lighten the mood in some difficult situations. I also know a tax guy who will wear funky ties to help ease the tension from tax preparation.
There is a balancing act between what is appropriate and what may be a bit over the line for the workplace. It’s a great attribute to make fun of yourself occasionally. If you are ever in doubt don’t say it! Some common-sense rules for jokes in the work place - nothing sexual, religious, political, ethnic or directed specially at a person.
Here are some jokes ---- any seem inappropriate? Let me know in the comments below.
- You might be a redneck if… a seven-course meal is a bucket of KFC and a six pack. (Jeff Foxworthy)
- Accountant: Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand (Anonymous)
- How do you circumcise a whale? Four skin divers. (One of my Tax Clients)
- Confucius says…. Butcher who back into meat grinder, get a little behind in his orders. (Confucius)
Thanks for reading! Contact me to add a little fun to your business!