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4.2   The value of positive humor in the workplace

Enhancing work attitudes and performance

Daryl Peebles, Angela Martin, and Rob Hecker

Introduction

The purpose and value of humor as a human characteristic has been debated by philosophers for centuries. However, the use of humor in workplaces still remains a contentious issue in management theory. Some academics and philosophers praise humor and encourage its use, particularly as a coping and social cohesion mechanism; others see it as a frivolous distraction from the job at hand or as a potentially destructive form of communication.

Although the primary focus of this chapter is on the use of humor within a workplace context, the principles discussed may be applicable to many settings ...

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