Master's Dissertation

Implementing Humour in the Workplace - Edinburgh College of Art

For my master's dissertation, I decided to investigate the impacts of using humour and informality in the workplace. I discovered a multitude of benefits that employees, bosses and the companies themselves would gain if using humour correctly in the office such as productivity levels increasing, reducing stress, preventing burnout, providing motivation, encouraging collaboration, building trust, and ultimately increasing happiness. Some barriers that prevented employees from using humour in their workplaces came in the form of bosses not using it themselves or encouraging staff to use it so they didn’t feel like they were allowed. And also forced fun deterred employees from joining in or wanting to use humour as they didn’t appreciate the pressure. The solution to this had to be natural and incorporate the leaders within the business.

For my master's dissertation, I decided to investigate the impacts of using humour and informality in the workplace. I discovered a multitude of benefits that employees, bosses and the companies themselves would gain if using humour correctly in the office such as productivity levels increasing, reducing stress, preventing burnout, providing motivation, encouraging collaboration, building trust, and ultimately increasing happiness. Some barriers that prevented employees from using humour in their workplaces came in the form of bosses not using it themselves or encouraging staff to use it so they didn’t feel like they were allowed. And also forced fun deterred employees from joining in or wanting to use humour as they didn’t appreciate the pressure. The solution to this had to be natural and incorporate the leaders within the business.