If You Want People To Trust You, You Better Be Funny

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Some CEOs may prefer the workplace to be all work and no play, but most of them actually think humour is important when considering if someone is the right “cultural fit” for a company.According to a survey developed by Accountemps, 79 per cent of CFOs interviewed said “an employee’s sense of humour is important for fitting into the company’s corporate culture.”

“Sometimes, a little levity goes a long way toward building rapport among colleagues and diffusing workplace tension,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career for Dummies

 “All work and no play can erode employee morale.”

In other words, people just don’t trust you if you’re too rigid and serious. Out of 1,400 respondents, 22 per cent said humour was “very important” and 57 per cent said it was “somewhat important.” 

But don’t wait until you get your foot in the door before you let your funny self shine through:

“Job candidates should let their personality shine when meeting prospective employers. The interview is no place for a standup comedy routine, but it is the right time to show hiring managers you are approachable and will be easy to work with.”

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