Making jokes at work

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Guests: Maurice Schweitzer, Brad Bitterly

Telling a joke is a risk, especially at work. Humor can make the office a fun, lively, more productive place, but what happens when a joke falls flat, offends, or alienates a colleague, or even your boss? Today, we’ll talk about cracking wise at the workplace – the kinds of jokes that work, the kind to avoid, and the effect that being a cubicle comic can have on your career. We’re joined by University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor MAURICE SCHWEITZER, and BRAD BITTERLY, postdoctoral research Fellow at the University of Michigan who have co-authored a number of studies on humor in the workplace.

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