Midday Fix: April Fools’ Day in the workplace

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Philippe Weiss

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago

www.seyfarthshawatwork.com

Tips & Strategies for Bosses/Managers on April 1st:

Remember: Pranks Produce Laughter - and then Lawsuits

There is No “April 1st Exception” in the Workplace

If Needed, Engage in April 1st "Prank Patrols”

Tips & Strategies for Everyone:

Keep It Between Friends:  Keep it Friendly - and Safe

Beware of Social Media: It Immortalizes the Embarrassment

Don’t Prank your Boss

Workplace Pranks Can Punish the Bottom Line:
Workplace pranks can be costly: organizations have paid-out millions of dollars due to a failure to prevent and address demeaning workplace pranks, regardless of intention.
Legal cases can be based on harassment, false imprisonment, injuries, breach of contract and many other areas.

Pranks Can Punish Personal and Professional Reputations:
Employees can sink their own career – and future job prospects  - once pranks go too far.

Pranks Can Be Punishing, Physically:
Pain, suffering and personal injury have all resulted from April 1st pranking, particularly when business or office equipment is dangerously misused.