Let’s face it: there are a lot of office environments that could use some cheering up. There’s not much that is thrilling about cubicle politics and lunches made from last night’s leftovers. Printing projects are about as exciting as the general day gets — unless you are the funny person. Some people in the office may not even know your real name, they only know you as the one who is always cracking jokes and bringing a bit of cheer to the bland corporate world.
Perfecting office humor is a fine art. You must present jokes that are funny enough to catch the attention of others and get a good laugh, but appropriate so that you do not catch a lawsuit. As humorous as you are, there is always that one co-worker who seems to be incapable of smiling. Your goal is now to see those lips turn upward in a joyful grin. To help you to triumph, here are five ways to dupe your grumpy co-worker into a smile.
- Office Equipment Jokes
How many times has your printer quit for the entire office this last month? What about the building speaker system? Or, that expensive smart board that your CEO spent all that funding on, only to have it not function properly? As frustrating as it is to not have equipment working, this is an excellent time to joke in the office and lighten the mood, especially if the equipment failure will slow production.
- Shoot Videos at the Office
Have you seen those crazy group videos? You know, like the Harlem Shake throw downs and the trending schemes that have your whole office rolling with explosive laughter? Some might find these videos to be quite annoying after they have seen 30 offices attempt to pull one off, but filming one in your own office is sure to lift spirits, lighten the mood and provide workplace happiness. Have that grumpy co-worker get in on the fun and crack a few smiles!
- Fun with the Phone
There are few things funnier than answering the phone in a voice that is not your own. You might want to practice this one at home so that you are able to get just the right tone, but when that phone rings, answer in the funniest voice that you can muster. You might even want to create a new name for this persona. Your grumpy co-worker will hear you do this and be completely duped into a smile.
- The Corporate Ways
From the lame talk to all those drawn out procedures, the corporate office is nothing but an overly-complicated game that is just filled with the opportunity to laugh and crack a joke. Take those weekly progress meetings and have some fun with the agenda. Pay close attention to the everyday happenings in your office and find some humor in the corporate ways.
- Show Off Funny Videos
When in doubt, break out the funny videos. This is sure to bring workplace happiness. You will have everyone around your seat, filling the room with laughter — including that grumpy co-worker!
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