Exploring Humor in Australian Work Settings
This chapter provides findings from an exploratory study on humor in Australian organizations where employees’ perception of (1) the frequency of humor occurrences in their workplaces, and (2) how employees perceive such behavior is examined, along with (3) the nature of humor events in Australian organizations (i.e., the participants in humor behavior, channels used, and intentions and functions of humor use). This study utilizes the WHEF developed in Chapter 2 of the book and provides the foundation for understanding the general humor behavior in Australian workplaces.
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