Daryl Peebles, Angela Martin, and Rob Hecker
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 ...