Title: How adaptive and maladaptive humor influence well-being at work: A diary study
Author team: Hannes Guenter, Bert Schreurs, IJ. Hetty van Emmerik, Wout Gijsbers, and Ad van Iterson
Abstract: In this paper, we investigate how adaptive and maladaptive humor influence well-being in the workplace. In particular, this study examines the extent to which reactions from others (i.e., humor targets) can moderate the relationship between humor and well-being. Unlike prior research, we adopted a within-person research design. We used data from a two-week-long diary study of 57 Dutch individuals employed in the automotive sector. Our hierarchical linear modeling analysis found that employees are more engaged on days when they express adaptive humor, while they appear more emotionally exhausted on days when they express maladaptive humor. Reactions from humor targets do not moderate the effects of humor. Using a within-person design, this study makes an important contribution to the humor at work literature, which has focused almost exclusively on inter-individual differences.
Citation information: Humor. Volume 26, Issue 4, Pages 573–594, ISSN (Online) 1613-3722, ISSN (Print) 0933-1719, DOI: 10.1515/humor-2013-0032, October 2013