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No Laughing Matter

Workplace culture, training can soften failed humor: research by Williams

MicheleWilliams_188x188Failed workplace humor impacts moods and confidence, but organizational culture and skill training can mitigate damage from "oops" moments, according to research by Assistant Professor Michele Williams. 

"The Experience of Failed Humor: Implications for Interpersonal Affect Regulation," published in June by the Journal of Business and Psychology, was coauthored by Williams and Fordham University Assistant Professor Kyle J. Emich M.S. '09, Ph.D. '12.

"It's embarrassing and sometimes destructive, but just about everyone in the workplace has shared humor that fell flat or offended co-workers. Our study suggests that managers and organizations can do a lot to prevent these faux pas from damaging relationships and trust," Williams said in an interview.

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