South Indians crack the most jokes at work in country: LinkedIn study | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Joking is good for office culture and professionals of South India are more humorous at work, a recent survey by a professional networking platform LinkedIn has shown.
Professionals in the south crack the most jokes in the country, with more than 2 in 5 (43%) doing so at least once a day, followed by professionals in the western (38%), eastern (37%), northern (36%) and northeastern (33 %) parts of the country. Globally, Indian and Italian workers emerge as the funniest workers, with over a third (38%) respectively joking at least once a day. Australian workers (29%) came out as the least funny, even compared to Germans (36%), British (34%), Dutch (33%) and French (32%).
More than three quarters (76%) of professionals in India agree that ‘making a joke’ at work is good for office culture, but more than half (56%) consider it ‘unprofessional’. Despite these mixed feelings, 9 in 10 (90%) professionals in India agree that humor is “the most underused and undervalued emotion” at work. In fact, more than 3 in 5 (61%) professionals want more humor in the workplace in general.
In line with these changes in the world of work, LinkedIn also said it is launching a “funny comment” button that allows members to express humor and fun on the platform, in addition to the existing array of “reactions” LinkedIn introduced to members in 2019. help express their feelings visually about messages and articles.
The survey also shows that more than 3 in 4 (76%) professionals in India feel more comfortable expressing their emotions at work after the pandemic. “Showing more emotions at work could be the secret to better staff morale in this hybrid work world, with nearly 9 in 10 (87%) agreeing it makes them more productive and increases their sense of belonging” , the survey said.
Even as India is starting to get used to expressing emotions at work, 7 in 10 (70%) professionals in India still believe there is a stigma around sharing feelings at work. As a result, more than a quarter of professionals in India still worry about showing emotions at work for fear of looking weak (27%), unprofessional (25%), and judged (25%).
Nearly 4 in 5 (79%) professionals in India also agreed that women are often judged more than men when they share their emotions at work.
“With humor at the heart of self-expression, our new Funny Comments will allow members to express their joy in response to a post or comment. This is one of the most requested features from our members, and we’re excited to see how our smiling emoji will help them show their humorous side at work and on LinkedIn,” said Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, LinkedIn.
LinkedIn’s latest survey was conducted by Censuswide, which surveyed 2,188 professionals in India between May 25-31, 2022.

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