We all are familiar with Dilbert cartoons, and even as a boss you probably think that a lot of the cartoons are pretty darn funny. After all, these cartoons are not making fun of you, right? But then again, when you start to see Dilbert strips tacked up on your employees’ cubicle walls, it is easy to start second-guessing this self-assuredness. Sure, it seems silly to be concerned about the effect that these cartoons might have on morale, but you also probably start to think about the fact that you have, after all, read articles that talked about how Dilbert cartoons create a negative environment. And so, you finally face the question yourself: Are these cartoons negatively affecting employee morale?First off all, one must remember that humor and laughter is good for morale. Certainly, the fact that these strips caused your employees to laugh is a positive sign. But the issue, of course, is the fact that most of these laughs are induced by taking jabs at corporate culture. And it is difficult to keep your own self out of the specifics of this discussion when you see a cartoon on an employee’s wall that makes fun of the boss. But before you jump to conclusions and ban these cartoons from the walls of cubicles, consider whether the solution is so simple. After all, this would likely do nothing more than further the sometimes rampant view among employees in corporate America that the hierarchy is out of touch. Don’t just order that all comic strips be taken down from office walls; instead, you ought to take the time to look at these comic strips yourself. As the root of the humor in many of these strips is the jokes made about the way corporate culture is run, there is a chance – considering that your employees deemed the strips appropriate enough to be tacked up in their cubicle – that the problem has nothing to do with the comic strip itself. The problem might be a whole lot closer to home; perhaps the problem is with your company and the way it is run! While some might think it is trivial to turn Dilbert into a topic of serious discussion, many businesses have, in fact, banned these cartoons from cubicle walls. If you are wanting to improve morale around your office, do not alienate employees by acting in this manner; instead, take a look at the way your business is run, and aim to improve morale by improving your business! @@ADSENSE@@.
Do Dilbert Cartoons Have Any Effect On Morale?
April 20, 2011 By