Love it or hate it, April Fool’s Day is here. I can almost hear the collective rejoicing of office pranksters everywhere as they celebrate the fact that this special day fell on a weekday. Whether you’ve been carefully planning an elaborate cubicle switcheroo for weeks or your head just popped off your pillow this morning when you realized what day it was, it might be a good idea to heed some last minute April Fool’s advice from our favorite gang at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company:
DO: Know Your Audience
Hopefully after working side-by-side with the same people every day, you understand each other’s personalities and senses of humor, or lack thereof. Don’t expect to get a guffaw out of the Sullen Stanley of your office today and try to resist the urge to essentially “poke this sleeping bear” with an over-the-top prank involving saran wrap or a whoopee cushion.
DO: Be Creative
April 1 calls for out-of-the-box thinking. Replace all of your co-worker’s framed photos with photos of your family. Place bubble wrap just inside the employee entrance. Fill someone’s office with pictures of Justin Beiber or Chuck Norris. You get the gist.
DON’T: Destroy Company Property or Hurt Your Colleagues
I’m sure most HR professionals emphasize this one every year. No one wants a worker’s comp claim processed on account of a thoughtless and dangerous April Fool’s Hijinks. Under no circumstance should you tape a “Kick Me” sign on to someone’s back or remove a screw or two from a coworker’s desk chair. Play it safe by simply using your wit to fool your colleagues today.
DON’T: Take it Too Far
For those of you who work in more buttoned-up companies, this may be the most important piece of April Fool’s wisdom I can bequeath to you: Know and respect your company’s culture. If your inner jester feels suppressed and you fear he might make an inappropriate appearance today, just remind yourself of these wise words from Dwight Schrute:
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Happy April Fool’s Day, and may the pranks be ever in your favor!
Abby moved to the great state of Michigan and joined the Baudville team as the Digital Marketing Coordinator in 2016. An admitted social media fanatic and grammar-lover, she's excited to play to her strengths by contributing to Baudville's blog, social media channels and e-marketing efforts.