Work and Humour Do Mix



    Almost Nine out of 10 Workers Surveyed Think Their Bosses Have a Good
    Sense of Humour

    TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - According to a new survey, the workplace loves a
leader who can laugh, and most bosses seem ready to deliver the punch line.
Ninety-seven per cent of professionals polled feel it is important for
managers to have a sense of humour. Employers appear to have received the
message: 87 per cent of workers said their supervisors do indeed have a funny
bone.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first
and largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance and
information technology. It was conducted by an independent research firm and
includes responses from 492 full- or part-time workers 18 years of age or
older and employed in office environments.

    
    Workers were asked, "How important do you think it is for managers to have
a sense of humour?" Their responses:

        Very important......................  65%
        Somewhat important..................  32%
        Not important at all................   3%
                                             ----
                                             100%

    Workers were also asked, "Does your manager have a good sense of humour?"
Their responses:

        Yes.................................  87%
        No..................................  10%
        Don't know/no answer................   3%
                                             ----
                                             100%
    

    "Managers who can laugh at themselves or difficult situations are often
seen as more approachable and in touch with the challenges their teams face,"
said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of
Human Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
"Levity also can be used to build rapport among staff and ease stressful
situations."
    Messmer cautioned that while people enjoy working for someone who has a
good sense of humour, too much clowning can have the opposite effect. "To be
taken seriously, supervisors must balance their desire to keep the mood light
with the need to accomplish business objectives, inspire great performance and
maintain professionalism."

    Robert Half International has more than 350 staffing locations in North
America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search
services at www.rhi.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
    Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-350-2330 extension 62070.





For further information:

For further information: ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL, Jason Chapman, (416)
350-2330, jason.chapman@rhi.com

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