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A Very Corporate April Fool’s Day April 1, 2009

Posted by That Guy in A Very Corporate Something.
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I’m hoping that, if you pulled a prank at your office, you followed these simple rules from Entrepreneur.com (in parentheses are my additions):

Make sure it doesn’t embarrass someone or cause disruption in the workplace. (Well, isn’t that kind of the point?)

Think through all possible consequences of the joke. (Like you getting decked.)

Don’t use April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to “get back” at someone you don’t like. (Yeah, don’t do that.)

What’s OK to do at home with family or friends may not be appropriate for the workplace. (Especially if you routinely swat your wife/husband on the backside.)

If your boss is the subject of your prank, be extremely careful. You need to know this person extremely well, understand their sense of humor and never do anything that would diminish your boss’s authority. (See, now that takes all the fun out of it.)

My favorite one from their article is the mouse trick, which I imagine would work equally well on ball-mice as optical or laser. In fact, I tested it on my Logitech optical mouse and, lo and behold, nothing happened.

[Jerry] Ostergaard’s joke is pretty simple to set up, but it managed to stump his IT technician. Ostergaard placed a small Post-It note with the words “April Fools!” written on it underneath his co-worker’s mouse. When the technician attempted to use it, the track ball was ineffective. After about 10 minutes, he finally figured it out.

In the industry in which I’m employed, no one would figure that out. Our IT guy is off this week, too, so there’s no help to be had.

Hmm. I’ll be right back; I have to go “fix” some computer mice. And by “fix” I mean “make temporarily useless, much to my amusement.”



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