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PLAYFULNESS

This dimension refers to the extent to which people laugh and joke with one another. Moreover, it refers to the extent and ease to which humour is used and displayed in the organization.

 

Low Playfulness High Playfulness
Organizational climates that display low levels of playfulness are those which display a feeling of gravity or seriousness. Environments low on this dimension are those which are often seen as gloomy or somber. In these environments jokes and humour are often perceived as inappropriate. Organizations that display climates with high levels of playfulness and humour are those where there is a relaxed atmosphere, which is characterised by laughing and jokes. The climate encourages playfulness and humour to be used in different arenas in these organizations and individuals find the environment fun and enjoyable.

 

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