Humor at Work: Happy Humor at Work Day! April 1, 2009

1. Happy Humor at Work Day (Seriously!)

Not ONLY is today April Fool’s day, it also happens to be Humor
at Work day, a day to appreciate, celebrate and recognize the
importance of safe, positive humor in the workplace.

I thought about writing a completely off-the-wall fictitious
edition to celebrate April Fool’s Day, but then I thought about
all the lawsuits, the photocopier accidents, and how many people
might lose their job if people forgot it was April Fool’s day and believed everything I said. Which brings me to an important point.

If you are celebrating April Fool’s day today, please practice
safe humor. I’ve collected too many stories of pranks leading to injuries, firings, lawsuits and yes, even death, which really
doesn’t qualify as safe humor. So consider your audience, and
before the whoopee cushions come out, ask yourself how you would
feel if you were on the receiving end of the prank.

On the other hand, I know of companies that wholeheartedly
embrace today as a chance to get creative and show off some team
spirit, including a company that awards a prize for the team that
demonstrates the most creative, safe, practical joke. For a
little inspiration have a look at some of the top April Fool’s
day hoaxes of all time at:
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

If you want to stand out from the crowd today and ensure you are
practicing “safe” humor, then spring a humor raid on a fellow team
or a favorite customer, showering them with something fun or wacky
but also something positive so they end up saying “You must be
joking!”, only, you know, in a good way, as opposed to a “I’m
going to retaliate by toilet papering your house” kind of way.
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3. Quote of the Week

“Give me the young man who has enough brains to make a fool of
himself.” Robert Louis Stevenson
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Speaking of April 1st jokes gone awry, here’s just one example:
In 1999, the Savings Bank of Rockville placed an ad in a
Connecticut newspaper announcing it would begin charging $5 to
visit a live teller. More than 1,000 customers closed their
accounts. The bank ran a second ad letting folks know it was
a joke, but sadly, most customers still did not return.

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