Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Ronald Riggio

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Humor is a valuable tool that professionals can strategically use in workplaces for widespread positive benefits. Despite this, people rarely attempt to utilize humor because it is misperceived as being unprofessional. This thesis provides an overarching literature review examining humor’s effects on an individual employee, interpersonal dynamics, and leadership effectiveness. It discusses the differences between positive and negative humor styles and provides specific implications across gender such that individuals, especially women, should only use positive humor in the workplace. Encouraging professionals to incorporate more positive humor in their workplace, this thesis explores workplace intervention approaches and provides a list of best practices for the reader. Additionally, it calls for future research to develop all-encompassing intervention approaches and provide direction for further research to understand the role of gender on humor outcomes.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.