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Three quarters of Brits play practical jokes in the workplace

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Almost three quarters of people in Britain play practical jokes in the workplace, according to a new report.

The research, by fish4jobs, also shows that 46 per cent of employees in the UK are planning to increase the number of practical jokes being played over the festive period.

Joe Slavin, chief executive officer at fish4jobs, said: "The workplace environment should be an inviting place that allows staff to stay upbeat and jovial, therefore raising productivity. Humour is very important in the workplace and at fish4 we always strive to gain a good balance between work and play."

People in sales teams are the biggest practical jokers in the workplace, according to the report, which also shows that 16 per cent of jokes are played by management.

Students expecting to start graduate jobs soon should look out for mischievous phone calls at work, which are the most used pranks.

Meanwhile a survey by teletext holidays showed that employees mentally switched off for Christmas last Friday at 5pm.

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