Almost Nine out of 10 Workers Surveyed Think Their Bosses Have a Good Sense of

MENLO PARK, CA — According to a new survey, the workplace loves a leader who
can laugh, and most bosses seem ready to deliver the punch line. 
Ninety-seven percent of professionals polled feel it is
important for managers to have a sense of humor.  Employers appear to have
received the message: 87 percent of workers said their
supervisors do indeed have a funny bone.   

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world’s first and
largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance and information
technology.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
responses from 492 full- or part-time workers 18 years of age or older and
employed in office environments.

Workers were asked, “How important do you think it is for managers to
have a sense of humor?
”  Their responses:

Very important 65%
Somewhat important 32%
Not important at all    3%

Workers also were asked, “Does your manager have a good sense of
”  Their responses:

Yes 87%
No 10%
Don’t know/no answer    3%

“Managers who can laugh at themselves or difficult situations are often seen
as more approachable and in touch with the challenges their teams face,” said
Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of
Human Resources Kit For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley
& Sons, Inc.).  “Levity also can be used to build rapport among staff and
ease stressful situations.”

Messmer cautioned that while people enjoy working for someone who has a good
sense of humor, too much clowning can have the opposite effect.  “To be taken
seriously, supervisors must balance their desire to keep the mood light with the
need to accomplish business objectives, inspire great performance and maintain

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