Why it’s okay to be playful in the office
Mooshny/Shutterstock Depending on if you work in a super corporate type of environment with three-piece suits and button-ups or a start-up where casual Friday is basically every single day, the vibe between cubicles (or couches) is dramatically different. But one thing that connects all working environments is the desire for camaraderie and comfort when you’re burning the night oil or greeting the sun from your desk. “It’s important to keep good spirits up in the office. For starters, it boosts office morale: A happy worker is a productive worker! It’s much better having good energy in the office than working in a dark, grim atmosphere,” Vicki Salemi, a career expert at monster.com says. “April Fool’s Day can create an opportunity to keep things light and fun.” Here’s the puzzling mystery behind how April Fool’s Day started in the first place.
What to keep in mind before setting up your joke
Dean Drobot/Shutterstock There’s a fine line between being inappropriate and being a source of laughter for your co-workers when it’s a stressful quarter or you’re all on a time-crunch. The key is just to not take anything—a joke, a story, an awkward silence—too far. If you’ve tried to tell a knock-knock joke or a one-liner, even with your friends, you know which ones would be put-off and which ones would giggle along, right? The same goes in the office. “Know your audience,” Saelmi advises. “If you’re pulling a prank on a colleague, would they be offended? Is it too personal? It should be a safe and kept in generic territory like putting someone’s stapler in Jell-O.” And if it’s off-color, racist, or sexist (or you even question if it might be), skip it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, particularly when dealing with anything the could possibly be deemed harassment, which could get you fired.