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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s officially on the lookout for the dork squad. We found a few members yesterday on the streets of Breckenridge wearing neon spandex with inappropriate contours around the seat and inseam region. It was 8 a.m., and we just weren’t prepared for that kind of exhibitionism. Then we realized it was gaper day and felt way, way too cool in our normal clothes. Too bad we couldn’t open a beer at 9 a.m. with the rest of Breckenridge – we had to write this column, which is not as easy as it looks, and we think probably impossible when attempted after an early morning brew. Anyhow, when we came to the Corporate Suites and did our first e-mail check of the day, we found some executive-class members of the dork squad. We were aware that some of the silly pranksters of corporate America long ago sold their souls to money, but it came as a surprise that their capacity for truly creative April Fools’ day jokes had also gone out the window. We’d like to take a break from writing this to recognize the fact that the old adage “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” doesn’t apply to us. We are funny, and only semi-corporate, right boss? Anyhow, here’s a rundown of what the corporate comedians polled by Accountemps said they did in the office around April Fools’ Day. And, in terms of office life, today is basically April Fools’ Day, so take these as a what NOT to do if you want to remain your cool, fully instated, Summit Up reader self.The national poll includes responses from 150 senior executives – including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments – with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps.Executives were asked, “Is it common for coworkers to play April Fools’ jokes on each other in your company?” Their responses: Yes: 9 percent; No: 88 percent; Don’t know: 2 percent; Refused: 1 percent. Executives also were asked, “What is the most unusual or funny April Fools’ joke you’ve heard of in an office environment?” Here are some of their responses:”We put tape underneath a colleague’s mouse so he couldn’t move it.” “A couple of employees cleaned out everything from another person’s office.””A few people used plastic wrap to cover the opening around an employee’s cubicle and then filled the cubicle with small foam balls.””Someone changed the keys on my keyboard.””Someone frosted a cookie with children’s toothpaste and offered it to a coworker.” “One worker’s office was filled with sawdust.””We filled a colleague’s office with balloons.””We turned everything backward in one person’s office – the computer, desk and pictures.” “During a presentation, an employee had a cartoon pop up on his screen that he didn’t put there.””One person’s colleagues loaded his office with sand and beach toys.”While levity on the job can help build rapport, humor should never be mean-spirited or at the expense of others, advised Accountemps.***We’re out, feeling smug.

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