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Three Essential Tips: Smart Strategies for Humor at Work

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  Rohit M. | Senior Manager, Program Management - IT | Bangalore, India


Originally Published: April 25th, 2024


If you walk up to the Dell digital floor in Bangalore, India, you should say hi to a man—a legend, really: Rohit Mohindru. He is our Strategy and Operations head for the Team Member Experience (TMX) organization. Rohit doesn’t just crunch numbers; he cracks punchlines. With a career longer than a list of excuses for not going to the gym (17 years, to be precise), Rohit has mastered the art of blending business acumen with belly laughs.


As a people leader, using humor is almost strategic for him. “Integrating humor into the workplace can enhance the overall work environment, boost morale, and improve team dynamics,” he says.


So, people leader or not, if you don’t want your brain to turn into an Excel macro, check out Rohit’s top tips to start infusing humor into your business as usual.

Rohit poses in front of a poster.

Tip 1: Know your audience

Understand the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and preferences of your colleagues to ensure that humor is inclusive and not offensive.


Tip 2: Timing is key

Be mindful of the timing of your humor. Use it strategically, such as during team meetings, icebreakers, or to diffuse tension in appropriate situations. 


Tip 3: Celebrate achievements

Incorporate humor into celebrations and acknowledgments. This can make recognition more memorable and enjoyable for everyone involved.


Remember, the key is to use humor as a tool to enhance collaboration, communication, and overall job satisfaction without compromising professionalism or creating discomfort for others.


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