I will retire in 2021. I set as my goal for the next three years to be as appropriately funny at work as I can. I love my agency. We have had a rather rough time over the past couple of years. We are understaffed and stretched to provide mental health and addiction services to an increasing number of people. There are new service initiatives and an electronic health care record system that will start soon. Change is always difficult in government, even when it is positive change. To complicate matters, in the past two years, five employees have been summarily escorted off the premises and ordered to not return. This included our top administrator, two senior supervisors, someone from my department, and an administrative assistant. It has been a little grim. We need cheering up.
I find that pointing out the absurd, the silly, and the comically sweet goes over quite well. I never tease or get personal. I find that humor seems to liberate people and makes them bolder. We need our staff to not be afraid of being leaders in their daily work. No one seems to be annoyed with me yet. I alternate humor with serious discussion and sound advice.
How do use humor in your daily life? When does humor work the best? When doesn’t it work?