Research has shown that humor in the workplace can:
1. Facilitate communication
2. Build relationships
3. Reduce stress
4. Energize co-workers
Tips to keep in mind when being humorous:
1. Know your audience
2. If you doubt, leave it out
3. Keep your politics to yourself (which can be hard in an election year!)
4. Avoid heavy topics
5. What is your point? Is there a message...and what is that message?
And remember, unfortunately, some humorless people actively seek disparaging messages even when there is no intent on the part of the speaker. Just a heads up...so you don't face plant.
However, research has also shown that humorless individuals experience greater stress levels and are at a substantially greater risk for heart disease & stroke...so, hang in there!