March 31, 2009

Joking & Humor in the Office

Filed under: Human Relations — Robert John Ed @ 5:55 pm

I’m kind of a yuckster.  In an odd amalgamation of extreme business levity, of course.  I can’t really begin to describe quite how seriously my career and performance are.  Most people who work with me will understand that the objectives of the company always come first and that building something worthwhile, something that sustains the course of time and really adds value is always priority.  Whether that be a  brand, product, campaign or vision, the company and objectives come first.

Simultaneously, I like to attempt to put people at ease and make them comfortable within a working environment (maybe due to stalwart resolve having a potential for perception as unfeeling, who knows?).  I feel that it helps a working environment when people to feel at ease with the others around them.  So I joke a lot.  And under normal circumstances it works well, but occasionally, I’ll say something that could be construed in poor taste.  It’s never intentional, but it does happen.  One of the best aspects of coming to B-school (for me) is learning more about social connotations and when it’s appropriate to joke around in such settings.  I’m thinking that as I move forward and progress, toning down the humor is in order; not to say fun won’t be had, but attempting to measure wording and use precision in speech.  This is probably a “duh” kind of post for most people out there who have spent significant time in corporations or within very PC environments, but it’s a knowledge curve I’m just now getting down.

Additionally, sometimes it strikes me how writing these kinds of thought processions could have a connotation of weakness or inadequacy to readers.  Some might think that.  I’m of the mind that anyone willing to own up to mistakes is better off for it.  The transparency to do or say such things can have a galvanizing effect on those around you, it certainly does on me.  Recognizing weakness (instead of denying it) is the first step towards doing something about it.  I have worked with an individual that ritualistically avoided fault.  It always struck me as this person was in a position of power and there was little that would have happened to them; in retrospect it seems like a self confidence issue.  Confidence is having the ability to recognize issues as they arise, address them and continue on to complete the tasks and jobs you are brought in to do.  Even if (GASP!) you may have been at fault.  Not that I have an opinion.  Bah-dum-chah.




  1. Your way with the written and spoken word continually impresses me. That paired with your persistent pursuit of self discovery and improvement…. You make for a shining example of what all of us wish we could be.

    You are one of my benchmarks :-)

    Comment by Adrienne — April 3, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  2. Adrienne that is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me, and completely false. :-) Just kidding, thank you. Great luck with the new job.

    Comment by Robert John Ed — April 3, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

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