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John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

April, 2017

  • 10 April

    I want to keep fighting…

    I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of hamburger joints. If I don’t fight, I’ll eat the planet. -George Foreman, American professional boxer

  • 9 April

    Keeping Workplace Humor Free of Lawsuits

    In a bummer of a post for PM Hut, Dave Clemens approaches the topic of workplace humor from an HR perspective. He basically comes across as the Comedy Police. But if you think you could use some of that at your office, read on. Clemens finds that, while everyone knows actual verbal fighting is unacceptable in the workplace, humorous “mock” fights are fair game. In such cases, jokes can push the limits of acceptability as ...

  • 9 April

    Leading with Humor

    In an article for Harvard Business Review, Alison Beard examines a couple books that try to get at the root of what constitutes “humor.” From them, she attempts to distill how anyone, even you, can solicit a chuckle at the office. Her challenge in this endeavor is that these books—like most books about humor—focus on literal jokes, as opposed to being funny on a whim in a conversation. In most cases, a person is going ...

  • 9 April

    10 Ways Humor Enriches Work

    Everyone likes to smile, so convincing people that humor is a good thing is not the hardest sell. Nonetheless, Jacquelyn Smith highlights 10 ways that humor can improve the work environment in an article for Forbes. Here they are in brief: People like people who make them laugh, making humor good for team cohesion. Humor decreases stress from multiple angles simultaneously. Humor is an equalizer, putting people of varied career rungs on equal footing. Humor ...

  • 9 April

    Using Humor in the Office: When It Works, When It Backfires

    In an interview with Wharton, Maurice Schweitzer and Brad Bitterly (Bitterly gets around) discuss their research findings on when humor helps and hinders business. Essentially, when humor signals confidence and competence, it is good. And when humor is used in poor taste or to be a class clown, it is bad. That is because humor of the latter variety indicates a lack of competence, which is disruptive to your career prospects. Notably, the research suggests ...

  • 9 April

    3 Tips to Use Humor Naturally at Work

    If you try too hard to be funny, everyone will hate you. That is why Jennifer Winter offers some practical tips to be funny in your own natural way in an article for the Muse. For instance, her first tip is to stop trying to be funny. She explains how, in the past, urges to try and be funny just because her colleagues were being funny would come back to bite her—because her jokes were ...

  • 9 April

    The Verified Effects of How It Pays to Be Funny at Work

    Humor has powerful observed effects on the workplace. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Alison Wood Brooks and Brad Bitterly itemize its many benefits and also some risks. Here are some highlights compiled from varied research: Teams that tell more jokes together communicate more effectively, offering more supportive and constructive comments to each other. Some sarcasm can increase creativity, but it is best to save it for colleagues who already trust you. Pairing ...

  • 7 April

    We are all ready…

    We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause. -William James, American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician

  • 5 April

    You campaign in poetry…

    You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. -Mario Cuomo, American Democratic politician

  • 3 April

    The beauty of the brain…

    The beauty of the brain is that you can still be as greedy as you like for knowledge and it doesn’t show. -Stephen Fry, English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist