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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 09/04/15

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

Stella Chandler and I founded Focal Point on a shared belief that a training course run in isolation doesn't work. We passionately believe there must be support both before and after the training or coaching session itself for it to make a difference. When I am not facilitating sessions with clients or looking at ways to grow the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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