Journal article

Humor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socialization

Bernie Chun Nam Mak, Yiqi Liu, Christopher Charles Deneen

DISCOURSE & COMMUNICATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Professionals transitioning into a workplace face the challenge of socializing into their new working communities. One important factor in this process is humor (Plester and Sayers, 2007). We present a case study of how a newcomer transitioning towards integral status interacts with the use of humor in her new workplace. Using the Communities of Practice framework (Wenger, 1998), we examine workplace discourse collected from a new recruit, Emma, and her colleagues in a Hong Kong firm. The analysis portrays a picture of how humor is a critical element as Emma negotiates relationships with other colleagues and works towards her assigned tasks. Findings suggest that humor can be an indicator to..

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