Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Leadership Podcast

The Leadership Podcast

Why do we do this?

We interview great leaders, review the books they read, and speak with highly influential authors who study them.

How we do this?

#1 We interview great leaders.
#2 We review the books great leaders read and write.
#3 We have fun!

Oct 30, 2019

Most people use humor as a great way to break the ice and keep things light and fun in the workplace. However, through cultural differences, personality types, and life experiences, the use of humor can become offensive or make people uncomfortable. Where do you find the right balance? Jim and Jan discuss the importance of humor in the workplace and how to use your emotional intelligence to develop the right amount and type of humor for a company’s culture. 


~~~~~ ~~~~~ 

The Leadership Podcast is proud to announce a new initiative with thoughtLEADERS to provide very short podcasts called “chalk talks.” They’re “bitesize” hacks on common (but challenging) leadership issues. 


You can only access the Chalk Talks by subscribing to our mailing list at The Leadership Podcast


~~~~~ ~~~~~ 


Key Takeaways 

[2:15] Jan tells a joke. Brace yourselves! 

[4:00] Most people want to work in a place where there is some humor or some form of light heartedness, but different cultures find different levels of humor acceptable and it can be difficult to tell how far is too far even when the intention is innocent. 

[7:40] As a leader, it’s your job to create a comfortable environment, but how do you know whether something offends somebody or not? 

[12:30] What does the internet have to say about humor in the workplace? Jim didn’t find anything particularly helpful. The information out there is very limited. 

[15:55] If a topic is going to make people feel awkward, maybe it’s best to stay away from it. Your jokes should make people feel comfortable. For example, you should probably stay away from practical jokes in the workplace. 

[20:50] Jim and Jan would love your thoughts on this subject! Please feel free to reach out.


Strategic Partner


Beyond the Uniform offers over 300 free episodes to help military Veterans succeed in their civilian career. This includes overviews of potential career paths, deep dives on necessary skills to succeed, and reviews of other free services that support the military Veteran community. You can find more info at


Quotable Quotes 


  • “You never know in the workplace these days what’s going to offend and what isn’t.” 
  • “This person said that they can’t say anything without offending somebody. They’ve got to be PC.” 
  • “Sarcasm isn’t an excuse to belittle someone.” 
  • “I would rather live in a world where we have a little bit of humor and occasionally say I’m sorry sincerely than to be on guard all the time.” 



8 Tips for Using Workplace Humor - Forbes


Instagram: @WeStudyLeaders

LinkedIn: @TheLeadershipPodcast 

Facebook: @westudyleaders

Twitter: @westudyleaders

Website: The Leadership Podcast