Obviously this is probably aimed at those older workers who’ve seen corporate culture and work rules change in their lifetimes.
Practical joking/humor. Seems to be totally frowned upon today, or extremely limited in scope.
In the old says, one could get away with murder in this regard. An example follows:
I was working at a defense firm in the late 1980’s. Instead of offices/cubicles we were in a bullpen area with desks side-by-side (about 4 rows of them). Basically no privacy, everyone knew everyone and everyone’s business. We’re a mix of men and women. The women joked around just as much as the men.
A new guy starts, he’s right out of college. People have surrounded him, giving him the third degree about his life/family/school/etc. He’s a bit overwhelmed but answers everything. This one character, who I’ll call Bill, walks over to this “grilling” and looks at the guy and says, “Hey man, welcome. Let me ask you something. Suppose you’re sleeping out in the woods and when you wake up you find your underwear is pulled off and there’s a used condom next to you, would you say anything?” The guy looks like a deer in headlights. “Uh, no…”
Bill smiles and says, “Do you wanna go camping?”
The new guy took it well (today he’d have headed straight to HR).
The new guy (Rich) became a close friend in that circle.
I can think of other nonsense like this, but I’d like others to share their “inappropriate” work hi-jinx.