Office Pranks For April Fools' Day?

    They May Be No Joking Matter, Survey Suggests

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Employees tempted to fill the boss's office
with balloons or plant whoopee cushions in their coworkers' chairs this April
Fools' Day may want to think twice. Seven out of 10 (71 per cent) marketing
executives polled by The Creative Group consider April Fools' jokes unsuitable
for the office. The responses were more evenly split among advertising
executives, with about half (51 per cent) finding workplace pranks appropriate
versus 45 per cent who gave a thumbs down.
    The survey was developed by The Creative Group, a specialized staffing
service providing marketing, advertising, creative and web professionals on a
project basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
250 telephone interviews -- 125 with advertising executives and 125 with
senior marketing executives.
    Advertising and marketing executives were asked, "How appropriate do you
think it is to play April Fools' jokes in the office?" Their responses:

                                 Marketing                 Advertising
                                Executives                  Executives
                                -----------                ------------
    Very appropriate............         2%                         10%
    Somewhat appropriate .......        27%                         41%
    Not very appropriate .......        33%                         22%
    Not at all appropriate .....        38%                         23%
    Don't know .................         0%                          4%
                                      -----                       -----
                                       100%                        100%

    "When it comes to April Fools' jokes or other office pranks, employees
should know their audience and use good judgment," said Megan Slabinski,
executive director of The Creative Group. "Company cultures differ
significantly, so what is viewed as light-hearted fun in one environment may
be frowned upon in another."
    For workers who decide to flex their funny bone, Slabinski advised
treading carefully. "A distasteful or mean-spirited joke can easily damage
someone's professional reputation, coworker relationships and career
prospects," she said. "Above all, humour should be inclusive and well
intentioned. If a prank is disruptive or could be seen as going too far, avoid

    The Creative Group has offices in major markets across the United States
and in Canada, and offers online job search services at

For further information:

For further information: THE CREATIVE GROUP, Jason Chapman, (416)
365-2010, extension 62070,

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