Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool’s Day work pranks

Did you wake up this morning with a giant knot in your stomach? Did the thought of seeing your cubicle completely covered in bubble wrap have you thinking about cashing in some PTO time?

Or, have you been strategically planning a prank on the boss for months, anxiously awaiting the arrival of April? Did your plot play out according to plan?

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 32 percent of workers say they have either initiated or been on the receiving end of an April Fools’ joke at work.

Most executives aren’t humored by office pranks. Seventy-one percent of marketing executives thought pranks were not appropriate for the workplace, as polled by The Creative Group.

Here are a few highlights from CareerBuilder.com's annual April Fool's Day survey:
  • Placed a pair of pants and shoes inside the only toilet stall in a men’s room to make it appear someone was using the stall. It sat there for hours until someone called security to check if the person had died.
  • All the women in office individually spoke to the president, confiding that she is pregnant. By noon, he ‘knew’ that all of his female workers were pregnant and he could not tell anyone because each asked for confidentially.
  • Filled the vending soda machine with cans of beer.
  • Placed a sign on the restroom door that read, “The company ran out of toilet tissue; please use your own resources.”
  • Shrink-wrapped everything in a co-worker’s cubicle.

Happy April Fool’s Day! ... Now go prank someone.

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