BeeOasis Step 2
The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he answered with great confidence. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In my previous job, whenever something went wrong, everybody said I was responsible.”
In this play on words, the manager uses “responsible” to mean “take charge.” But the candidate’s meaning is different. He means “to be the cause of something.” And in this case, that something is bad. In the real world, no serious job candidate will make this mistake in an interview. But maybe this candidate was actually joking at the time.
Telling a joke during a job interview might be risky. But business experts Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher may disagree. They have written a book called The Levity Effect. The word “levity” carries the idea of treating serious matters with lightness and humor. The authors say that humor at work is a serious matter. They claim that humor can help build a more productive, focused, and faithful group of workers. It can help make an office better and more successful. What is your place of work like? Is it fun? The Levity Effect says a good place of work should be fun.
The book is based on research, and the research says this: When leaders create a fun place to work, a number of positive results will follow. Employees begin to trust each other more, and they work more creatively. Communication improves. All this leads to better employee attitudes and higher profits. It also can cause people to stay at a company longer. The book even claims that funnier managers are more successful at sales, and so they make more money than other workers.
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