After a previous incident (I'm not at liberty to discuss details of what happened), a new manager was assigned to our team.
To be fun and welcoming, I decided to make a welcome video for our new boss that had some fun clips of the team. Some highlights were:
- A skydiving trip with a few of us from the office
- Clips from a comapny party
- Some hilarious practical jokes that I pulled on coworkers
- Spliced in movie clips (such as the Matrix and Lord of the Rings)
- Secret (and slightly embarrassing) recordings I did of some people in the office without them noticing
I thought it was the funniest thing I've ever put together. I knew it was going to be a huge hit with the new boss. But when the movie was played in our first team meeting, it went something like this:
*Movie ends* *Awkward silence* New manager: "Hmm...." *Coworkers all look down and avoid eye contact with me* New manager: "That must have taken you a long time to make that" Me: "It sure did." *Awkward silence* New manager: "Did you... did you work on that while you were in the office?" Me: "Well..." *Longer awkward silence* New manager: "Let's proceed with the next item on our agenda."
A coworker after the fact pointed out that 85% of the video was just clips of me. And that the jokes were way too raunchy and inappropriate for work.
In hindsight, this was a really stupid thing for me to do. I screwed up royally. I know, so please don't lecture me on how this was a bad idea.
My question: I know I've messed up and given a horrible first impression with my new manager. What's the best way to proceed? Should I apologize to him? Or should I never again mention that video again and just hope he'll recognize my value by my good work output going forward?