ARCHES - Analyzing Research Careers & Humor in Engineering & Science

Project Description

The project explores the role of interpersonal humor in the workplace for career success in science and engineering. Specifically, we will develop a humor intervention that allows employees to proactively improve their working environment and increase their career success. In a first step, we determine the use of humor in the workplace via an employee survey. Building on our findings from this survey and based on the analysis of the humor intervention, the project provides information on how the use of humor in the workplace affects the work climate, job satisfaction and career success.


The project draws on psychological, economic and sociological approaches and combines different empirical methods (interviews, surveys, experiments).

Project Team

The project team consists of Prof. Dr. Agnes Bäker, Dr. Jamie L. Gloor, Ramon Gmür and Felix Wüthrich.