Boardroom versus Bedroom humour

Drawing a line between bedroom and boardroom humour may not be that easy. The subject of the jokes and the people involved guides  what matters are laughable.

  Boardroom Humour

Bedroom Humour

Subject of       jokes

In the corporate world, laughable matters are certainly more restrained than in a non-professional setting. It does vary from one industry to another. The corporate culture and the company behavioural policies are two things that you need to be aware of when bringing humour to the workplace. I would add  that common sense dictates to steer clear from offensive jokes, avoid joking at anyone’s expense and stay away from sensitive topics such as religion, politics and sexuality…. Otherwise the pink slip may land on your desk and your professional reputation could be damaged. In a private setting, virtually anything can be the subject of a joke. A quote from famous French humourist Pierre Desproges comes to my mind:

You can laugh of everything, but not with everybody.”

Humour can drastically vary from one person to another. The personality, cultural background, current state of mind and the overall life experience have an impact on listing laughable matters.


When you spend 9 hours a day Monday to Friday with your colleagues, it is natural that some amicable relationships develop. You may socialize beyond office hours. With this closeness developing you may be tempted by more casual jokes at the office. My thought on that is there is always the potential for a pair of ears listening where they are not supposed to. It is better to joke as you would with your other co-workers using common sense and respecting your company rules. Before cracking a joke, even in a private setting: ask yourself, how well do I know the person? If he/she is a person you have known for a long time and are close to, you know right away the joke territory you can venture on. However if the person is a more casual acquaintance, I would opt for the prudent approach and stick with light topics.


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