South Indians crack the most office jokes in India, says survey

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South Indians crack the most office jokes in India, says survey
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  • More than two in five professionals in South India crack at least one joke a day as compared to other parts of the country.
  • According to the Linkedin report, Indians and Italians are the funniest workers globally with over a third cracking a joke at least once a day.
  • Cracking a joke is also a way of expressing emotions and is important as most people are isolated as they work from home.
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Indians sure are not keen on going back to offices, but most of them do seem to miss the office fun. And who cracks most of such jokes in an office? It’s South Indians, according to a Linkedin survey.

More than two in five professionals in South India crack at least one joke a day as compared to other parts of the country. The rest of the office joking population is almost steady across the rest of the regions — West, East and North which is at 38%, 37% and 36% respectively.

According to the Linkedin report, Indians and Italians are the funniest workers globally with over a third cracking a joke at least once a day. The most sombre workers are from Australia, Germany, Netherlands and France.

In line with the trend, LinkedIn is helping its professional network users be funnier and expressive too.

“With humour at the heart of self-expression, our new funny reaction will allow members to express joy in response to a post or comment. This has been one of the most requested features from our members, and we’re excited to see how our laughing emoji will help them show their humorous sides at work, and on LinkedIn,” said Ashutosh Gupta, India country manager at Linkedin.

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Cracking a joke is also a way of expressing emotions and is important as most people are isolated as they work from home.

“Showing more emotions at work could be the secret to better staff morale in this hybrid world of work, with almost 9 in 10 (87%) agreeing that doing so makes them more productive and boosts feelings of belonging,” says the Linkedin survey report.

More emotions, more expressions


The professional network also claims that their users are not just talking shop on the website, but also sharing tidbits about their personal life, work-life balance and in general have turned more ‘expressive’.

“The past two years have been tumultuous to say the least but have also made people realize that they can be more vulnerable and candid with each other at work,” Gupta further added.

However, seven in 10 professionals in India still believe that there is still stigma around sharing feelings at work. And over a quarter of them are still worried about wearing their hearts on their sleeves out of fear of looking weak.

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Unfairly, women are bearing the brunt more. Over 79% of professionals in India agree that women are often judged more in comparison to men when they share their emotions at work.

“Gen Z and millennials are leading the way in expressing themselves and feeling more comfortable than ever to open up at work,” the report says.

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