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Blog - With April Fool's pranks over for another year, what jokes are OK at work and what aren’t?

With April Fool's pranks over for another year, what jokes are OK at work and what aren’t?

Posted by Tracy Powley 08/04/15

Making Fun32% of people say they have either initiated or been on the receiving end of an April Fool’s joke at work.  So are April Fool's jokes at work OK? And what about banter and humour in general – what is acceptable and what isn’t?

Most would agree that any jokes which rely on someone’s age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic background as the punch line are simply not acceptable at work.

But what about in more general terms?

Is it ever OK for someone to be the butt of a joke (April Fool's or otherwise?)?

Is it OK to coin a nickname for someone because of something they have done?

Is it OK to laugh at someone because they laugh along too?

There are some very grey areas when it comes to humour at work. Let us know your response to these questions...!

For more guidance on managing banter in the workplace have a look at our workshops.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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