INTRODUCTION Humor can be very important to the cultivation of an environment in which workers perform their functions efficiently. It can lead to higher levels of productivity than a repressive environment where interaction is very controlled and disciplined. Of course, there are limits to which a work environment can be relaxed through humor or any other device. Work environments are primarily task oriented and their raison d'etre is to realize high levels of output, usually with a view to maximizing profit (Ismail et al., 2009). But employees whose relations are very constrained or who feel overly monitored can shirk or feel intimidated in such a way that productivity falls. On the other hand, joking has to be monitored for the damaging effect it can have on work relations. But often managers do not use humor as a tool for change or see it as a threatening. A number of writers (Crawford, 1994; Romero and Cruthirds, 2006) see humor as under - rated by managers for its relative impact, though there is justification for treating it seriously.