Humor Research Summary

Descriptions of several research studies investigating the use of humor by leader, humorous work climate, and fun in the workplace.

See attached document for short points about studies related to humor in the workplace. 


Article citations:

Tremblay, M. (2017). Humor in teams: Multilevel relationships between humor climate, inclusion, trust, and citizenship behaviors. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32(4), 363. doi:10.1007/s10869-016-9445-x

Mao, J., Chiang, J. T., Zhang, Y., & Gao, M. (2017). Humor as a relationship lubricant: The implications of leader humor on transformational leadership perceptions and team performance. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 24(4), 494-506. doi:10.1177/1548051817707518

Robert, C., Dunne, T. C., & Iun, J. (2016). The impact of leader humor on subordinate job satisfaction: The crucial role of Leader–Subordinate relationship quality. Group & Organization Management, 41(3), 375-406. doi:10.1177/1059601115598719

Curseu, P. L., & Fodor, O. C. (2016). Humor and group atmosphere: Development of a short scale for evaluating affiliative and aggressive humor in groups. Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 22(7/8), 370-382. doi:10.1108/TPM-04-2015-0022

Slåtten, T., Svensson, G., Sværi, S. (2011). Empowering leadership and the influence of a humorous work climate on service employees' creativity and innovative behaviour in frontline service jobs. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, 3(3), 267-284. doi:10.1108/17566691111182834

Mesmer-Magnus, J., Glew, D. J., & Viswesvaran, C. (2012). A meta-analysis of positive humor in the workplace. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27(2), 155-190.

Tews, M. J., Michel, J. W., & Stafford, K. (2013). Does fun pay? the impact of workplace fun on employee turnover and performance. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 54(4), 370-382. doi:10.1177/1938965513505355

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