I know that you are both a wise and funny man, so I’m hoping that you can help me with a little problem I’m having at work.
I work with a bunch of pranksters, who are always playing practical jokes on me. They say I’m the serious one, that I work too hard, and that I make myself an easy target. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with that assessment.
Why is it considered a negative thing to take one’s job seriously, though?
April Fool’s Day is coming up, so I know I’m really in for it from my coworkers. I was hoping you could give me some ideas for the perfect April Fool’s Day joke so that I can turn the tables on my annoying…umm…playful… coworkers.
What do you think?
Mocked For His Serious Work Ethic
Believe it or not, we are very much alike in terms of work ethic. During those eight hours when I am legally contracted to be chained to a desk, I am very serious about getting my work done. The way I see it, I’m being paid to do a job, so why not provide the service expected of me?
Don’t ever think of it as a negative to have a strong work ethic. It’s those who question how you work that need to look at the way they are spending their work day.
That being said, there’s also nothing wrong with having a little fun, showing a lighter side, and finding some humor at the office. If you’ve got to be there, you might as while smile and enjoy yourself a little, right?
I advise you to be an every day fool! Don’t wait until April 1 to bring the fun and show you’ve got a sense of humor. I’m not saying to get into a prank war with coworkers who seem to have way too much time on their hands, but crack a few jokes with them and show them you can be funny, too.
Watch some late night shows and swipe a few jokes from the monologues. Read my blog, and talk about it at work the next day. Even try your hand at writing your own material. It’s a lot easier than you might think. Trust me.
You don’t need to become the office clown (as you know, clowns are banned in Maine!), but gradually drift from being Mr. Serious with no sense of humor to a guy who can hold his own around the water cooler.
I bet once you demonstrate that you’re a cut up, your coworkers will lose interest in messing with you all the time.
Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes!