In his work humor talk, Andrew Tarvin asserts just because something is efficient doesn't mean it's effective. While most people view humor and work at opposite ends of the spectrum, in reality people need to bring them together. Research shows people who use humor at work are more productive, less stressed, paid more and happier.
In school no one teaches you the skills to enjoy your job, which is perhaps why 83% of Americans feel stressed at work. The speaker, after successfully employing tactics like making people take Star Wars themed personality tests as a project manager at Proctor & Gamble, decided to become a humor engineer to help people be more efficient and effective using humor. The work humor talk posits that humor helps a message stick out and gets people to stop and pay attention. It also makes your message more memorable.
If the communication benefits weren't enough, it's also proven people who have three or more friends at work are more likely to be satisfied with their lives. And people like funny friends.