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No more laughs for the office jokester

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Question: “What can be done about a co-worker who likes to play practical jokes?  He thinks it’s funny to create fictitious emails with rude comments, and then send them out under someone else’s name. He has even faxed unprofessional messages to customers as though they came from another employee.  When we confronted this guy, he denied everything, but we know he’s the guilty party. He seems to delight in creating chaos and conflict.  How do we put a stop to this?" Not Smiling

Answer: Your juvenile associate is undoubtedly the only person who finds this reckless behavior amusing.  Misinformed customers and wrongly accused co-workers certainly won’t be laughing.

Since your group intervention failed to produce results, it’s time to make this a management problem.  You and your colleagues should give the jokester’s boss some examples of his fabricated documents and explain how you know that he’s the author. Unless his manager is equally childish, that should put an immediate end to these obnoxious pranks.

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Melanie August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This person should have been terminated the first time he sent an inappropriate email or fax. When you say you know it was him, does that mean you have proof. Your IT department should be able to provide the IP address from which emails are sent.

Give his manager the information.


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