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#149784 - 03/26/04 06:30 AM Horse-play in the Workplace?  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
Now, Tony Miscioni has opened a can of worms here.
Is Horse-play allowed, where you work?
In Horse-play, I mean just guys being guys, having a bit of a joke.
But, things can get pretty serious at times.
Tell me, what is the situation where you work?. [Linked Image]

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#149785 - 03/27/04 07:35 PM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
spkjpr  Offline
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 218
Sedalia,MO, USA
Our horseplay is defined as "anything not related to the job". That said the boss will look the other way if it is grease on a toolbox drawer, filling glove with grease ( we seem to have a grease fetish)or something minor. But if it involves anything hazardous then we are subject to discipline up to firing. I don't get here much, work 13 days then 1 off, and repeat the cycle.

[This message has been edited by spkjpr (edited 03-27-2004).]

#149786 - 03/27/04 07:52 PM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
BigJohn  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 391
Boston, MA
Seen lots of folks get sent off to fetch ten feet of "3/4 nimrod" or a "fluorescent tube bender" or fifty feet of "shore line" (I fell for that one). But generally that's about as far that type of stuff goes.

Once worked on a crew were practical jokes consisted of **** like sneaking up behind a guy working in a hot panel and dropping an armload of pipe onto the concrete. [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] That promptly stopped when a guy who was the butt of such a joke punched out the mechanic who had played it.


#149787 - 03/31/04 08:08 AM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,262
Fullerton, CA USA
Horseplay at our place is limited to the continuous (fun) verbal abuse we give each other throughout the day, all day, every day.
Anything physical is considered dangerous, and could get you fired...S

#149788 - 03/31/04 12:17 PM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
BuggabooBren  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 328
I worked for the phone co. in the first office launching a whole new market (Federal Govt) for this company and we were known as the "A Team" (during the same era that the show was running). We worked our tails off to set a course where none had existed before and part of the ethic was a 'bust tail' and 'we're all in this together so let's have fun' type of rapport. It made for a great environment in a lot of ways.

When my boss would go to headquarters and would call back in, I'd get him every time...

Me: "Good afternoon, this is Brenda..."
Boss: "Brender, this is Dick. How's everything going there."
Me: "I'm sorry sir, Dick who? We don't have a "Dick" in this office."
Boss: "Brender!! It's me!!"


Me: "Good afternoon, this is Brenda..."
Boss: "Brender, this is Dick. How's everything going there."
Me: "Dick who?"
Boss: "C'mon, it's me! How's everything going?"
Me: "Ohhhh, you, now I vaguely recall this voice... Everything's ok... well, except for the fire...."
Boss: "FIRE??? What fire? What's happening?"
Me: "Oh, it's nothing really. We just watered everything down and have a tarp over the hole..."
Boss: "WHATTT???"
Me: "Ok, so there was no fire... but we are having a party while you're gone..."

This proved to be somewhat ironic and funnier when I called him from the office on a Saturday as I happened to be driving by and saw all the firetrucks and such around our building after a roofer's tar pot had caught fire. I had a little difficulty convincing him that there really WAS a fire...

Every April Fool's day was a free-for-all. We had a lady who brought in a 'cake' that was really a 9x13 block of foam that she would frost with shaving cream and someone's face always was in it before the end of the day. My part was usually less 'active' and more covert as my silly boss would have a memory lapse and I would hand in my resignation every April 1 much to his shock. One year I added to it the joy of filling his car with balloons (and kept my own car doors locked thereafter).

Our horseplay was generally pretty harmless and rarely included physical rough-housing. There were some funny offers though when one of the guys was stressing over something and said he just needed to pound something. I was furious over something myself and said, jokingly, "Ok, outside buddy boy, I'm up for it." He laughed and declined saying 'I'm bigger..." and I responded that I was madder so the fight might be in my favor after all. We still laugh over it.

#149789 - 03/31/04 05:32 PM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
SteveMc  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 62
Rock Hill, SC
It's strange that the topic above this one is about anger and violence in the workplace considering that most of the fights that I've witnessed started out as horse-play.
One in particular that I remember from my underground coal miner days happened in the shower room when one guy was pouring soap on another guys head as he was trying to rinse the shampoo out of his hair. They got into a pretty serious fist fight right in the shower room. It was hard not to laugh at the sight of two grown naked soapy men fighting. They were lucky that no one from management witnessed the fight or they would been clean but jobless.

#149790 - 04/01/04 07:46 AM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
Horseplay is a great tension reliever.... like everything else, it must be moderated.

I think one of the BIG things wrong about the trades these days is the LACK of fun. You can get a whole bunch done and still have a smile on your face. You don't mind coming to work at all if you enjoy it, of course, this must be stopped at all costs. Your MBA's will tell you a happy man is NOT working hard enough.

I have seen horseplay get out of hand too, with tragic results. The worst example was 2 mutton heads 'chasing' each other with ice water on a deck in the middle of August. For those of you who have never experienced it, read VERY hot. Anyway, near the end of the day, one grabs the entire cooler and throws it at the other, who moved. He hit a 62 year old guy who has been working like a dog all day in the sun, who immediately stroked out, no he did not go home that night. Yup, I'm for a good time, but think about who else you affect.

#149791 - 04/02/04 04:15 AM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
What horse-play means to me guys, is the acerbic-but humourous comments about the person's Mother or Mother-in-law or their wife/Girlfriend, but it is all taken with a pinch of salt though, It just makes the day go past a lot quicker.
Also there are such comments about people being useless for thier particular employment.
  • That bloody Trumpy is so useless he can't even get here on time!.
  • Hey Trumpy, what held you up, we've been waiting here for ages, hope you've got a pie-warmer!.
  • No-one told us we'd have to bring our beds with us!

This sort of abuse comes from the Pole Crew of the PoCo, and normally involves long late night calls especially for broken poles.

#149792 - 04/02/04 08:27 AM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,262
Fullerton, CA USA
To the guy that comes in at 5:05 AM, rather than 5:00AM
"So, what did you have for lunch?, Half the days shot to h***, now"

#149793 - 04/05/04 10:35 PM Re: Horse-play in the Workplace?  
spkjpr  Offline
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 218
Sedalia,MO, USA
Electure, I like that. We usually tell them,"So glad you could join us."

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