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Office and work humour

The office and the working place in general are a nice subject to joke about! How dull can work be? Humor is necessary to keep on working. Everybody needs a little joke or a laugh at work. Short and clean jokes are appreciated. Get ready for a laugh; read the very funny stories and jokes about work!

Humor at the office

An office is an area (or room) in which people work. Also, it can be a position within an organisation with specific duties attached to it. An office is an social phenomenon and a architectural and design phenomenon, ranging from very small offices in one room to massive buildings dedicated entirely to one company. In modern terms an office usually refers to the location where white-collar workers are employed during the day. The so-called humor at the office humor really exists. Some office workers have a funny blog. Also funny clips or funny pictures about work can be hilarious.

Professional humor

A kind of humor which makes fun at the peculiarities of a particular profession is called professional humor or occupational humor). They differ per profession; lawyer jokes might present them as lacking in ethics, scientist jokes might play up their lack of worldly wisdom and accountancy jokes might address creative accounting.

Here is a nice example of some humor about professions.
A computer salesman, a hardware engineer and a software engineer are driving in a car, when the car suffers a flat tire, a blowout. They discuss what to do: The salesman recommends getting four new tires. The hardware engineer recommends rotating the tires to try to isolate the problem. The software engineer recommends they keep driving and see if the problem fixes itself.

The Dilbert Principle

One of the best books decribing office humor is the well-known 'The Dilbert Principle' by Scott Adams. The writer is an MBA graduate from Berkeley and creator of the Dilbert comic strip. The book has sold more than a million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 43 weeks.

Adams explained the principle in a 1995 Wall Street Journal article. The Dilbert Principle is a satirical observation stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management, in order to limit the amount of damage that they're capable of doing. It is a variation of the Peter Principle. The Peter Principle addresses the practice of hierarchical organizations (such as companies and corporations) that use promotions as a way to reward employees that demonstrate competence in their current position. It goes on to state that, due to this practice, a competent employee will eventually be promoted to, and remain at, a position at which he or she is incompetent.

Adams then expanded his study of the Dilbert Principle in a satirical 1996 book of the same name, which is required or recommended reading at some management and business programs.

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