You've been planning the best April Fool's Day joke to play on your co-workers, but before you go ahead with it, you should know that your co-workers are unlikely to approve.
In a recent survey by The Creative Group, 58% of advertising and marketing executives said pranks are unsuitable for the office, 33% said it was somewhat appropriate and only 4% said it was very appropriate.
"With many creative teams challenged with high workloads, office pranks may be viewed more as a distraction than an amusement," said Lara Dodo, vice-president of The Creative Group's Canadian operations.
Dodo says pranks can also potentially alienate or hurt someone's feelings if not carried out in good taste.
Researchers talked to 200 marketing executives, 100 employees and 50 advertising executives in a telephone survey.
But just because an April Fool's prank might be frowned upon, it doesn't mean you can't joke around while at work.
"Well-intentioned humour when shared amongst teams can create a positive work environment, especially when business is demanding. Some light-hearted wit can increase morale and motivation, resulting in improved productivity and retention," Dodo said.
2011-04-01 10:43 编辑：典典