All week long we have been calling our boss from a private number while she has been watching the phones…she is starting to get really annoyed and we just keep laughing harder.
It may start out as fun and games, but there’s always the occasional prank that goes a bit too far, resulting in a firing or even a lawsuit. Pamela J. Holland, COO of BRODY Professional Development in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, says there’s a balance to having some fun with your fellow employees and crossing moral and ethical boundaries. “People need to be very careful about office pranks. While I am a firm believer in the benefits of humor and laughter in the workplace, people should really think about what they’re doing before they do it,” advises Holland.
Here are some guidelines she recommends when pulling your prank:
- Make sure it doesn’t embarrass someone or cause disruption in the workplace.
- Think through all possible consequences of the joke.
- Don’t use April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to “get back” at someone you don’t like.
- What’s OK to do at home with family or friends may not be appropriate for the workplace.
- If your boss is the subject of your prank, be extremely careful. You need to know this person extremely well, understand their sense of humor and never do anything that would diminish your boss’s authority.
What kind of prank should we pull on our boss?