Laughing at work is not meant to undermine performance or productivity. Appropriately used, it will do the opposite.
Few people thrive on conflict. Where do you stand? When your opinions and actions bump up against others do you speak your mind or slink into the shadows, hoping not to be noticed?
When I was a motivational speaker for a corporate conference recently, leadership gave me a very icy reception. Rampant change was taking place. Leadership clearly hadn't evolved and those in the seats of power were being put to the test. I could tell there was a power struggle going on and I wanted nothing to do with it.