How to really have fun at work
Laxmi Kant Verma

The Power of Humour at the Workplace
by K. Sathyanarayana. Sage Publications. Pages 284. Rs 295.

The Power of Humour at the WorkplaceHAVING a good sense of humour is very important; otherwise life would be incredibly dull and boring. Laughter is the best medicine, so its significance becomes even more important in today’s fast-changing business environment, where cut-throat competition is involved. Also, humour helps in relieving stress, improving communications, promoting creativity, teamwork and fun at workplace.

The book highlights the benefits of humour in a variety of situations and describes its several forms with the help of examples. You have the liberty to choose the form best suited to you.

The first chapter Humor: Mankind’s Marvel! discusses the six levels of humour to help you in evaluating yourself, and to understand humour more easily. You can improve your sense of humour after reading the various techniques provided in the book.

The author has used jokes and anecdotes to highlight effectively the use of humour at the workplace. He has given step-by-step guidelines for the reader to make the most of this easy-to-acquire skill in managing both people and relationships. He has also described several applications of humour, which can be used as a powerful management tool at the workplace. The author has taken the help of cartoons to drive home his point.

Sense of humour, as described in the book, includes many funny stories and characters. Apart from hundreds of jokes, anecdotes and quotes, the examples set by famous personalities have been used to explain the power of humour.

Humour Menu Card describes the less common but equally effective forms of humour. There are 10 ‘tasty dishes’ included in the menu card that provide a rich variety of humour. On the other hand, a chapter gives useful tips on how to acquire an armour of humor. Any person who wears this ‘armour’ can inspire people and achieve difficult goals. Putting Humour on Agenda is particularly helpful for the heads of organisations. It helps improve communication, creativity, etc.

You needn’t have to put much strain on yourself to search the subject matter for laughing. Our own experiences, right from our childhood days, provide plenty of material to narrate to others humorously and make them laugh at you. So, laughing at oneself is the most enjoyable and rewarding of all types of laughter. The chapter Laughing at Yourself! explains that how making fun of yourself in the presence of others leads to happiness and laughter.

Overall, this is an interesting book on humour, which can help manage relationships at workplace. It can be helpful to those who appreciate humour and want it to be a part of their life.