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Management article
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Reference no. U9910B
Authors: David Stauffer
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Management Update", 1999
Length: 3 pages

Abstract

A few companies, such as Southwest Airlines and Quad/Graphics, are known for their zany corporate cultures. Is there sound reasoning behind their antics? Many experts say yes: A little levity in the workplace can lead to more creativity, faster problem solving, and better teamwork. But this doesn''t mean you should don a clown suit at the next staff meeting. Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate effective workplace humor into your organization. Includes suggestions for ways to put fun into work, and Do''s and Don''ts of Workplace Humor. Also includes a sidebar entitled "That''s Rich! Fun and Profits at Quad/Graphics."

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Abstract

A few companies, such as Southwest Airlines and Quad/Graphics, are known for their zany corporate cultures. Is there sound reasoning behind their antics? Many experts say yes: A little levity in the workplace can lead to more creativity, faster problem solving, and better teamwork. But this doesn''t mean you should don a clown suit at the next staff meeting. Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate effective workplace humor into your organization. Includes suggestions for ways to put fun into work, and Do''s and Don''ts of Workplace Humor. Also includes a sidebar entitled "That''s Rich! Fun and Profits at Quad/Graphics."

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