humour

Funny, not funny - how humour is good for men but bad for women at work

Funny is good for men but bad for women?!? 🤣😱😳 

Yet another way that sexism can suck the fun out of being a woman at work! 

A recent study showed that women are penalised for being funny at work especially by those who don’t know her. 

“This is the most annoying study ever” ~ to quote Jessica Stillman on Inc magazine 

Humour can be viewed 

  • as "functional" or 

  • as "disruptive" 

The clincher? ALLEGEDLY men's humour is perceived as functional and women's as disruptive. 

Despite most women being conscientious, diligent and more compliant, the stereotype is that we’re more easily distracted, and given career breaks, less dedicated to our career. 

We’re busy “barely coping”, while men are perceived as more strong, dedicated and determined. 

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“When a woman cracks jokes, therefore, she's judged to be less dedicated because that's what many people are primed to see” 

There is an upside. 

The study assessed how strangers view women's humour. 

However, when it comes to dealing with a team over time, being hilarious may be a real asset. 

YOUR TURN - Have you seen humour help or hinder? And no, this is not an April Fools Day joke. I'm happy to be a disrupter 🤣 

Photo: Amanda Blesing - via Louise Williams Photographer 

 
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How a GSOH may just be a sign of a higher IQ

Yesterday on the tram I got caught laughing and chuckling out loud (chortle)

I was intrigued by a recent article on the link between humour & intelligence

Yes - funny people are allegedly smarter!!   ROFLOL 🤣😂

Researchers recently discovered that funny people have higher IQs than their less funny peers. Apparently it takes both cognitive & emotional ability to process and produce humour and that funny people have higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence, plus they score lower in mood disturbance and aggressiveness.

Other benefits - funny people are -

  • Nice to be around

  • More self aware

  • More flexible & creative in our thinking and

  • Better at solving problems.

Laugher also boosts your working memory.

Feedback tells me I’m a far better executive coach and public speaker when I remember to be funny and to laugh. Even though it seems counterintuitive.  But I'm more relaxed, more easily able to recall research and detail, and my stress response (when on stage) is far more manageable - ergo better result.

So instead of staying back late at the office

Maybe the smarter thing to do would be to head on out to see some comedy instead! 

You may just solve those complex business problems far more easily.

>> Your thoughts? Has laughter helped you be more successful? 

If you're interested in learning more, here's the article 

ROFLOL 🤣😂  🤣😂 

 

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