covert humour

The benefits of humour in the workplace cannot be understated, and yet, and yet… Somehow we still don’t trust it. Humour for managers is clearly taboo. This may be because, in the bad old days, some forms of humour were used inappropriately. Sarcasm, put-downs and other put-offs were tolerated and even wrongly dismissed as ‘banter’. Inevitably. Though some people or groups were were rightly offended, the ‘offenders’ were never taken to task or re-educated. The sad thing about this is that humour became illicit, and the beneficial effects of spontaneous and healthy humour have been lost.

Humour has a place

It is a manager’s job to rally the troops and keep morale and productivity up in these gloomy times, but this is easier said than done. Events over the past decade or so have meant that morale has gone into free-fall. Extreme negativity has crept into all areas of our working environments. Some offices almost became no-go areas as staff waited for the other shoe to drop. Employers didn’t help with their knee-jerk cutting of privileges, cancelled travel orders and slashed expense accounts, and the media screamed ‘Panic!’
Of course, gloom and doom don’t have to take over, but, in times of crisis nobody likes stand out as the only cheerful person in the office. But, even when you understand why humour for managers is important that doesn’t mean simply making a few jokes. Many of them will fall flat anyway.

How to find humour at work

The key to finding humour for managers is outlook. There are ways of going about it the wrong way, and then there are more appropriate ways. ‘Funny’ doesn’t have to be rude, loud or even instantly noticeable and consciously driven.

This webinar will show managers how to use ‘closet cheerfulness’ to raise morale and keep staff productive. You can learn the secrets of Covert Humour; appear to accept the negativity while secretly sabotaging it. Before you know it staff will be going home (or working from home) singing, without even realising what they have got to be cheerful about.
Book this course today. You owe it to yourself, you owe it those loyal staff who soldier on, unprotected from the depressing waves of negativity they face each day.

Managers, this webinar will help you:

Break the link between world events and unhappiness
Get in touch with your inner comedian
Understand how to positively influence office morale
Resist the cheap pleasures of schadenfreude
Help your staff find new purpose when all seems to be lost
Keep smiling (without anyone knowing).


  • Pervasive negativity, a challenge to the cheerful
  • Why humour for managers is important
  • For the positively impaired, three ways to be really unhappy
  • How to be a good ‘nay sayer’ while keeping yourself sane
  • How taking control of your happiness will keep you healthy
  • The link between happiness, health and productivity
  • Positive psychology, the science of living well
  • How to join in the bad news with becoming part of it
  • What is ‘Covert Humour’?
  • Five easy ways to lift your mood in a depressing environment
  • Closet Cheefulness: quick boosts for those challenging moments
  • Guerilla comedy, strike first and have the last laugh
  • Schadenfreude; gloat or sympathise, the choice is yours
  • How to maintain a sunny disposition, even on cloudy days.

What people say

“I’ve often thought it would be more fun to be cheerful, but I never dared, until now.”
Dispatch Manager

“Thank you. Now I know nothing matters I can sleep at night (and maybe some of the day too)”
Senior manager

”I’ve been grumpy and negative for so long I was afraid that it would unsettle my staff to change. But now I know how to do it without them noticing.”
Just Managing

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