Humour key part of cultural fit: Survey

More than three-quarters of CFOs in U.S. believe humour important
||Last Updated: 01/31/2012

More than three-quarters (79 per cent) of chief financial officers believe an employee's sense of humour is important for fitting into a company's corporate culture, according to a survey of more than 1,400 CFOs in the United States by Accountemps.

"How important is an employee's sense of humour when it comes to her fitting into your company's corporate culture?"

Very important

22 per cent

Somewhat important

57 per cent

Not at all important

20 per cent

"Sometimes, a little levity goes a long way toward building rapport among colleagues and diffusing workplace tension," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "All work and no play can erode employee morale."

"Job candidates should let their personality shine when meeting prospective employers. The interview is no place for a standup comedy routine but it is the right time to show hiring managers you are approachable and will be easy to work with."

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