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  48B PSYC 1101 49B COVER SHEET   SURNAME: Clown   STUDENT NUMBER: 12345678  GIVEN NAMES: Coco   TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT   ( Lab report ) 33%  of the Final Mark Laughter, Productivity, and Cooperation in the Workplace WORD COUNT: 1187 DATE DUE: U 11:59 PM Monday, April 14, 2012   DECLARATION: I declare that this written assignment is my own work and does not include (i) material from  published sources used without proper acknowledgment or (ii) material copied from the work of other students. I also declare that this assignment has not been submitted for assessment in any other unit.   I confirm that this assignment complies with the University’s policy   on academic conduct which is specified at, and that the word count above is true and correct. I understand that the work submitted may be reproduced and/or communicated for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. I have a photocopy or computer copy of this assignment in my possession. STUDENT INITIALS:  _________ CC  ________  Running head: MIRTH IN THE WORKPLACE 1 Laughter, Productivity, and Cooperation in the Workplace Coco A. Clown The University of Western Australia Word Count  –   1187  MIRTH IN THE WORKPLACE 2 Abstract The emphasis on greater intra and inter-disciplinary collaboration in Australian universities has stimulated research in to strategies of facilitation success in cooperative endeavours in the research sector. Sixty-six academics making up 33 collaborative dyads were jointly exposed to humorous or bland audio-visual material over a period of eight weeks. Those jointly exposed to the humorous material reported significantly higher ratings of enjoyment and  productivity in the collaboration, but no significant difference in perceived satisfaction. Implications for further research are discussed, particularly the need for the development and implementation of an objective, standardized measure of productivity.  MIRTH IN THE WORKPLACE 3 Laughter, Productivity, and Cooperation in the Workplace Recent changes in the approach to funding of tertiary education in Australia by successive federal governments have led to progressively greater efforts by universities to achieve greater efficiency and productivity. To facilitate efficient use of resources, university management has sought to encourage both within discipline and across discipline collaboration. However, many consider (e.g., Kenny, 2002; Simpson, Gumble, & Syzlak, 2003) that these efforts have been less than fruitful. In seeking to identify factors that may be inhibiting progress in this regard, one suggestion has been that insufficient attention has been given to developing the level of social skills necessary for successful negotiation and conflict management in collaborative endeavours. This study examines the potential impact of increased levels of humour, as a particular aspect of social interaction, on productivity within collaborative work relationships. Seagoon, Grytpipe-Thynne, Crun, Bannister, and Clles (1939) summarise a range of research which has found that the capacity of individuals to perceive humour and the ability to elicit mirthful responses from others are positively related. The most frequently used measure of the capacity to perceive humour is the Sense of Humour Scale (SOHS) constructed by Cartman (1998). This author has also developed a measure of mirth elicitation skill, the Laughter-Giggle-Guffaw and Snort Elicitation Index (LGGSEI) with excellent  psychometric properties (Cartman, 1998). Reported correlations between these measures generally range from .5 to .7, consequently they are considered to be moderately to highly correlated. Python (1954) and Stan (1999) demonstrated that workplace situations where shared mirth is a feature also tend to be rated by individual employees as more satisfying and enjoyable, but also demonstrate greater productive output than workplaces where such  behaviour is considered frivolous and wasteful of time. It has been suggested that the positive
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