Jokers in the real office are no laughing matter
- By Charlie Breslin, Reuters
The office joker, a traditional workplace mainstay, may be on the way out, according to a new report identifying eight key workplace personalities.
The 'T-Mobile Workplace Motivation Report', authored by leading business psychologist Honey Langcaster-James reveals that despite the recent financial doom and gloom David Brent-style office jokers are no laughing matter when it comes to motivating a disheartened workplace.
This is bad news for those who fall under the report's Joker category, as 15 percent of those interviewed said that they found constant gag-cracking -- by people similar to the fictional Brent in the BBC television comedy series 'The Office' -- to actually have a de-motivating influence in the workplace.