Three-quarters of French people think humor is underappreciated at work

Nearly six out of ten participants would like their colleagues to be able to joke more than once.

What if we rehabilitated jokes and other puns in the office? According to a LinkedIn study* published on Monday, this appears to be the desire of most workers. Nearly three-quarters of professionals surveyed in France (78%) say humor is the most underappreciated and least valued emotion at work.

As a result, some jokes in the coffee machine or in the photocopier. Although nearly six out of ten participants would like their colleagues to be able to joke a lot. And nearly seven in ten (69%) think joking helps cool things off at work. On the contrary, about a quarter of respondents (23%) consider this to be a lack of professional competence.

The Professional Social Network study also contains a list of countries in which we divide the pears the most among colleagues. Indians and Italians come to the fore, with more than a third of professionals (38%) joking at least once a day. Australians turned out to be the least cheerful (29%), behind Germans (36%), British (34%), Dutch (33%) and French (32%).

On a larger scale, the French seem more daring to share their emotions in the office than before. The Covid-19 pandemic is playing an accelerating role. Nearly half of respondents (46%) said they are more open and tend to share their emotions in their professional environment today compared to before the pandemic. Including negative feelings. Nearly half (49%) said they had already cried in front of their employer or a colleague.

Younger generations feel comfortable sharing their emotions

The boundaries between work and home have never been clear in the past two years which have been marked by profound changes. It gave professionals the feeling that they could show more vulnerability and openness towards each other.Analyzes Esther Ohayon, Director of Communications at LinkedIn France, quoted in a press release.

Younger generations are more open to sharing their happiness or sorrows with their colleagues. In fact, 59% of Generation Z respondents (aged 18-25) and 46% of Millennials (26-41) said they express their emotions more at work, far ahead of those over the age of over. 55 years old (24%).

Despite everything, nearly one in two French (45%) are still reluctant to give up for fear of being judged and stigmatized. Women are the first victims, with 58% of respondents believing that they are judged more than their male colleagues when they express their feelings at work.

* The survey was conducted by Censuswide among 2,248 French workers between 25 May 2022 and 31 May 2022.

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