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Workplace do’s and don’ts

A little workplace humor from Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, cofounders of Improv Asylum, a Boston comedy troupe that provides “anticorporate” corporate training to more than 100 businesses a year.

Do give raises and bonuses for a job well done.

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Don’t pay them in “company bucks.”

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Do express your appreciation for your employees.

Don’t do it through interpretive dance.

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Do plan group outings, like happy hour or a Red Sox game.

Don’t plan any activities that require employees to see each other in bathing suits.

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Do hold holiday parties.

Don’t make them potluck.

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Do offer food and snacks.

Don’t make employees follow boss’s latest fad diet. Nobody likes his kale-hummus smoothies.

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Do have a sense of humor.

Don’t tell a department you’re laying everyone off and then yell, “April fools!”

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Do have a set of company values that everyone knows.

Don’t have employees recite them as a group. That’s called a cult.

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Do talk about your weekend.

Don’t share pictures. Nobody needs to see you dressed like that.

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Do have a ping-pong table.

Don’t let the interns use it for beer pong.

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Do have a “bring your pet to work” day.

Don’t forget to provide the pooper scoopers.

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Do be motivational.

Don’t be a drill sergeant. This isn’t the Marines, and we aren’t storming any beaches.

Workplace do’s and don’ts humor courtesy of Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, cofounders of Improv Asylum, a Boston comedy troupe that provides “anticorporate” corporate training to more than 100 businesses a year. Improvasylum.com

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