We had our office holiday party last weekend. As a joke, I tied a sprig of mistletoe over my belt buckle. My boss pulled me aside and told me that my joke was inappropriate. He also told me that I would be receiving a written reprimand. We were not at work and it was supposed to be a fun event. Do you agree that my boss is over-reacting? What should I do to persuade him to change his mind about a reprimand?
Hang the mistletoe over the entry to your boss’s office. When he walks under it, use the opportunity to kiss and make up.
— Evil Skippy
Sorry, Jokester. You were at a work party, so it counts as “work”. As a general rule, a reprimand is definitely required any time you imply – joking or otherwise – that co-workers should kiss your crotch (or thereabouts). Employment lawyers refer to such actions as a “Truly Terrible Idea”.
Unlike the game of Monopoly, there is no “Get Out Of Jail Free” card applicable to office parties, so you have to take your lumps.
Readers — what do you think? Should the boss have laughed this one off, or was he right to reprimand Mr. Mistletoe?