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Article: Humor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socialization

TitleHumor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socialization
Authors
KeywordsHong Kong
humor
workplace communication
workplace discourse
workplace learning
workplace socialization
Issue Date2012
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://dcm.sagepub.com
Citation
Discourse And Communication, 2012, v. 6 n. 2, p. 163-179 How to Cite?
AbstractProfessionals transitioning into a workplace face the challenge of socializing into their new working communities. One important factor in this process is humor (Plester and Sayers, 2007). We present a case study of how a newcomer transitioning towards integral status interacts with the use of humor in her new workplace. Using the Communities of Practice framework (Wenger, 1998), we examine workplace discourse collected from a new recruit, Emma, and her colleagues in a Hong Kong firm. The analysis portrays a picture of how humor is a critical element as Emma negotiates relationships with other colleagues and works towards her assigned tasks. Findings suggest that humor can be an indicator to newcomers of appropriate or inappropriate behavior. Humor can be used for newcomers' integration into the workplace; humor can be used by integral members to mold newcomers into the normative ways of doing things. We argue that humor may be used as a regulating and coping mechanism in workplace socialization. © The Author(s) 2012.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160000
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.447
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.632
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dc.contributor.authorMak, BCNen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDeneen, CCen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:00:19Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:00:19Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationDiscourse And Communication, 2012, v. 6 n. 2, p. 163-179en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1750-4813en_HK
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dc.description.abstractProfessionals transitioning into a workplace face the challenge of socializing into their new working communities. One important factor in this process is humor (Plester and Sayers, 2007). We present a case study of how a newcomer transitioning towards integral status interacts with the use of humor in her new workplace. Using the Communities of Practice framework (Wenger, 1998), we examine workplace discourse collected from a new recruit, Emma, and her colleagues in a Hong Kong firm. The analysis portrays a picture of how humor is a critical element as Emma negotiates relationships with other colleagues and works towards her assigned tasks. Findings suggest that humor can be an indicator to newcomers of appropriate or inappropriate behavior. Humor can be used for newcomers' integration into the workplace; humor can be used by integral members to mold newcomers into the normative ways of doing things. We argue that humor may be used as a regulating and coping mechanism in workplace socialization. © The Author(s) 2012.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://dcm.sagepub.comen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofDiscourse and Communicationen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjecthumoren_HK
dc.subjectworkplace communicationen_HK
dc.subjectworkplace discourseen_HK
dc.subjectworkplace learningen_HK
dc.subjectworkplace socializationen_HK
dc.titleHumor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socializationen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailMak, BCN: arashi@graduate.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1750481312437445en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume6en_HK
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