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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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No, it’s not yet Christmas. And no, it’s not my birthday (but that’s in about three weeks, in case you were wondering) but it is one of my favourite celebrations ever – April’s Fool Day.

Now, if you haven’t gotten anything planned for Sunday, I reckon it’s still all right to pull off a prank at work on Monday (let’s keep the party going). But although all work and no play made Jack a dull boy, I would still be careful planning that next big prank.

There are a couple of points you need to think through before deciding what prank you’re going to pull. Is your company culture fun and open to a shenanigan every now and then, or is your boss someone who likens the office to a military boot camp? Also, make sure you choose your prankee carefully. And be sure to at least be clear on your company’s code of conduct. While some may be all right with you shrink-wrapping someone’s desk (been there, done that), others may not be too thrilled if you decide to hack into someone’s email or change their PC passwords.

While doing research for this post (and getting ideas for my prank next week. I’m thrown between putting sticky tape under everyone’s optical mouse or recording a kitten’s mew, hiding the recorder in a drawer, and setting the thing to loop all day long), I came across a pretty interesting article about how pulling a prank can display your strengths.

But just to be safe, here are a couple more things to take note of:

And if you’re on the management team, remember not to take things too seriously. Most pranks are going to either happen today on Friday or next Monday, and it’s never a bad idea to end or start a week with a couple of laughs.

As long as rules aren’t broken, dignities are left intact, and office property isn’t destroyed, there’s really no need to get uptight about April’s Fools Day.

You know what? I don’t think I’ll get up to mischief this year. Instead, I’m going to sit at my desk, smile sweetly at everyone, keep glancing at my watch and make everyone think I’m up to something. Maybe I’ll throw in a couple of warning comments like, “Hey, you haven’t already gone into the store room today, have you?” or “You might want to get that” every time a phone rings. I might even sit up a little straighter every time someone opens a cabinet or drawer.

It’d be fun watching them squirm.

Let me know if you’ve got any memorable office pranks to share and maybe it’ll help me start planning next year’s joke. It’s never too early. After all, I do want to show my bosses I’m committed to long-term projects (might help me score my next promotion). Have a good one everybody!

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Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

March 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

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