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


CHENNAI: Cracking a joke is good for office culture and professionals from south India are more humorous at work, a recent survey by professional networking platform LinkedIn has shown.
Professionals in the south are cracking the most jokes in the country, with over 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 come out on top as the funniest workers with over a third (38%) respectively cracking a joke at least once a day. Australian workers (29%) emerged as the least funny, even when compared to Germans (36%), Brits (34%), Dutch (33%) and the French (32%).
Over three-quarters (76%) of professionals in India agree that “cracking a joke” at work is good for office culture, but more than half (56%) consider it to be ‘unprofessional’. Despite these mixed feelings, 9 in 10 (90%) professionals in India agree that humour is “the most underused and undervalued emotion” at work. In fact, more than 3 in 5 (61%) professionals want to see the use of more humour in general at the workplace.
In line with these changes in the world of work, LinkedIn also said it is launching a “funny reaction” button to allow members to express humour and fun on the platform, in addition to the existing gamut of “reactions” that LinkedIn introduced in 2019 to help members visually express their sentiments on posts and articles.
The research also reveals that more than 3 in 4 (76%) professionals in India feel more comfortable expressing their emotions at work post-pandemic. “Showing more emotions at work could be the secret to better staff morale in this hybrid world of work, with almost 9 in 10 (87%) agreeing that doing so makes them more productive and boosts feelings of belonging,” the survey said.
Even as India warms up to expressing emotions at work, 7 in 10 (70%) professionals in India still believe that there is a stigma around sharing feelings at work. Due to this, over a quarter of professionals in India are still worried about showing emotions at work due to fear of looking weak (27%), unprofessional (25%), and being judged (25%).
Almost 4 in 5 (79%) professionals in India also agreed that women are often judged more in comparison to men when they share their emotions at work.
“With humour at the heart of self-expression, our new funny reaction will allow members to express joy in response to a post or comment. This has been one of the most requested features from our members, and we’re excited to see how our laughing emoji will help them show their humorous sides at work, and on LinkedIn,” Ashutosh Gupta, India country manager, LinkedIn, said.
LinkedIn’s latest research was conducted by Censuswide, surveying 2,188 professionals in India between May 25 – 31, 2022.


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