Seems that any time you have to ask yourself this question, you already know the answer. Sort of like I've always told employees: if you have to ask me whether or not an outfit is appropriate to wear to work, it's probably not.
So I'm in a meeting yesterday, and a former boss made a comment to the speaker during a question/answer session. The comment had something to do with an opening at my former workplace, and my former boss kiddingly offered the speaker the job. The speaker said, "Oh, yeah, *******, I'd want to work for you.....day....after day.....after day....after day...." The whole crowd roared, and I was right in there with them.
This former boss of mine is not very well liked in our industry. I have to say that without my experience there, I wouldn't be where I am today, so I am very grateful for the training I received there over the years. However, my former boss and I didn't always see eye-to-eye. I didn't have a problem with it, because that's just normal in business, but this person didn't see things that way. This person is old-school when it comes to management technique. If things went well, the boss wanted the credit; if things went bad, it was everyone else's fault. I guess that's one of the most important things I learned NOT to do here at my current position. I always tell my employees that I don't care who scores the touchdown, as long as we get it over the goal line.
Looking back, it probably wasn't that big of a deal for me to enjoy a laugh at this person's expense. I didn't personally attack the person, nor did I initiate the laugh. Man, was it funny, though.....