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The important thing to keep in mind when planning some funny April Fools pranks for work is that you should always look at the worst-case scenario of the prank. Remember, if you or anyone else gets fired, you won’t think it’s so funny.
Use these great pranks and practical jokes on April Fools or any other day you are feeling a bit naughty. Remember, the secret to a good April Fools prank is to look innocent…oh, and try your best to have an air-tight alibi.
Never pull an April Fools Prank that you couldn’t handle yourself if someone pulled it on you.
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1. Beat Up Crappy Version
For this office prank, take something from your target’s workstation and replace it with a really beat up crappy version of it. Added points if you can get the boss at your office to endorse the activity. Whether it be a chair, delivery truck, computer – whatever’s necessary. This is one of our favorite April Fools Pranks.
2. Please Use the Other Door
This is a really easy office prank. Put a sign up that says, “Please use other door” Make sure to put signs up on all of your entrances or exits.
3. I Hate Those Guys
For this prank pick a target that passionately hates something. Whatever your target hates (Like a certain sports team or a politician) – post their entire office with posters or promo stuff celebrating that hated thing.
4. Wake Up
If your target uses a power strip with their computer try this one. Get a portable radio and plug it into the power strip. Turn off the strip then turn the radio volume to really loud. When they can’t figure out why their computer has no power – they will turn on the power strip and get a big surprise.
5. Dripping Cup
Poke some small holes in the paper water cups so that next person that gets a drink of water will have some bonus sprinkles.
6. Bonus Photocopies
Photocopy some racy or just plain bizarre photos. Then reload those photocopies back into the paper loader for the photocopier so the naughty images will be on the back of the next photocopies coming out of that machine.
7. None of My Pens or Pencils Work!
There are two choices here. You can either glue all the caps to the pens on your target’s desk or you can paint nail polish on the tips. It’s best to do half and half. Half glued lids and half nail polish on the tips sort of a “Buffet of Frustration” for your target.
8. Change The Language
Get your target’s cell phone – go into settings and change their phone to a different language. That should keep them busy for a while.
9. Donuts for Everyone
Get a box of donuts and leave them in the lunch room. Oh yeah, make sure you buy the donuts a week before you place them there.
10. The Old Missing Screw Prank
If someone has taken something apart – or is putting some together – drop in an extra screw or two. This has to be one of the easiest April Fools pranks out there.
11. The Extra Washer Prank
Place a small washer and nut on top of a door hinge in a high traffic zone in your office. See if they can figure it out when it drops by their feet.
12. Musical Chairs
Take the boss’s chair and trade it with the least desirable chair in the place. Give the boss’s chair to somebody else and tell them it is their new chair.
13. Autospell on Microsoft
Go to Microsoft word/ go to tools/ go to auto correct/ go to replace with/ change some popular words to “you smell” or the boss’s name with “the goofy guy.”
14. What Is Wrong with My Screen?
This April Fools Prank takes a little skill. When your target has left their desk, make a screen capture (print screen) of the person’s desktop (preferably with a program open). Go into Windows Paint program and paste. Save as a bmp. Load the picture as the person’s background. (Note: you can also create a bmp of an entire black screen and do the same. The mouse moves, but there’s nothing to click on if you hide the icons!)
15. Making Crazy Appointments
If target leaves their desk while they are still logged in to their computer, type up some interesting appointments in their calendar. Best if you set them a few months from now.
16. Your Emails are Whacked
If the target is logged into their computer and they are away from their desk, type up some emails from the target that make absolutely no sense at all. My web designer would leave his desk and his wife would step in and write some extremely confusing emails to me.
17. The Nasty G Virus
For IT staff – say that you have received a virus that causes your computer to crash with any words that have the letter G. G in a word may crash the entire system. Ensure that you use no G words in your memo.
18. Switch the Keys
Simply pop out the ‘m’ and ‘n’ key on someone’s keyboard and reverse the two. Any flat tool will work. Just pry it with little pressure and they will easily come right off. Then just sit back and watch the confusion.
19. Twack the Target
Shoot rubber bands or use a pea shooter to hit people in the back and then look away quickly.
20. An Old Telephone Tale
This is an old one and if you can pull it off – good on ya…you may be able to come up with another ridiculous action for the target of this Office Prank. Send out an email to all the staff that says the phone company is having some troubles and that they will be testing the lines. The phone company said to keep your feet off of the floor when talking on the phone to avoid electric shock.
21. The Office Letterhead Gag
This one works well when your target has been fooling around at work. Use company letterhead describing all the actions in detail and that the security cameras captured it all on Video. Do not threaten any action – Just tell them that management knows about it and would like to make an appointment to discuss.
22. New Policy Changes
This trick is easy to pull off if your company loves policies or rules. This prank works best if you are the leader of the company or a department. Try to pick categories that are currently causing problems. Like costs, sales, delivery issues or any other department of your company that is currently stressed. Then make some kind of ridiculous rule change in relationship with this stress. The more ridiculous the better.
Employees will now receive 29.5 minutes for lunch instead of the regular 30. This cost saving measure will allow the company to save enough money to get new pens for all the staff next year. Please note that this new policy will be monitored with the new video surveillance that has been installed in the lunch room.
Due to the high number of personal calls being made at work we are now setting up visiting hours for you and your friends because we feel it will be more cost effective than monitoring the number of personal calls that staff make.
Since their have been so many accusations of sexual harassment it is now our policy not to make eye contact while at work. Employees should look down and to the left while speaking to each other. If you need to look up at a computer screen or a report please ensure to cover your eyes to avoid any accidental eye contact.
23. That Guy Is Crazy
Tell a new staff member some hideous story about another employee. Tell them to watch out for that person because he has a really bad temper (especially if they are kind and gentle). Or tell them not to make eye contact with them because they may snap-or any other B.S. you want to pull off. It works best when other employees are coming up to the target and saying things like, “Did they warn you about that employee?” If they say no then wish them good luck.
24. The “I Can’t Take a Prank” Prank
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If you get Pranked by a Subordinate….Pretend to be a bad sport and fire them. Look good and angry when you tell them. Then wait a few moments before you say, “Aah, I am just #*#@ing with ya! – You’re not fired.”
25. No Service on the Cell Phone
Get a hold of someone’s cell phone and change the greeting banner to say “NO SERVICE”. Many cell phones have greeting banners on them that you can personalize to say whatever you want them to and it stays on there when you’re not using your phone.
26. Low Test Coffee
This is more of a long term April Fools Prank – but you still can do it for just April Fool Day. Change the coffee in the office coffee maker to decaf. Wait a couple of weeks (or until you people have moved past their caffeine addiction) and switch to espresso.
27. Wrong Restroom
Just change the signs on the Mens and Ladies restroom. Or put an out of service sign on the door that says, “Closed to Chemical Contamination.” Then use the restroom.
28. Good Eats in the Garbage Trick
For this easy April Fool prank all you need to do is hide potato chips or any other kind of food in a bag and put it in the garbage. When someone comes by, spot the “Find” and then dive in and eat away. Ask them if they think it is bad to eat from a garbage.
29. Unplug Everything
Just get to your target’s work station and unplug every electrical item they have. Turn off ever power bar as well as every switch. Bonus points if you can tuck the cords in behind filing cabinets etc.
30. Everybody Change Their Clothes
Tell everyone but your target to bring a couple of changes of clothes to work. Then walk by your target with a different set of clothes on every time.
31. Move Their Stuff
If you have a coworker that is extremely picky about the placement of their work materials, adjust them ever so slightly every day. It may be work tools, pens, supplies, computer monitor anything else in their work area. For bonus points April Fools Day points – switch the cubicles of two anal retentive coworkers.
32. Adjust the Speakers
After the target has gone home for the day turn the volume on the speakers to the way too loud setting on their computer. For bonus points use clear tape and tape the volume switch to its loudest setting. It won’t stay there but it will slow them down. For even more bonus points if you can get on their computer and add some really obnoxious sound file. For additional laughs get your target to turn on their computer and then come to another part of the office.
33. Lunch Stealer’s Revenge
There really is nothing more annoying than people who steal your food at work. So get prepared either make a video or take pictures of you spitting on the food or rubbing the food on a dog’s bum or your armpits. Once your lunch is stolen put the pictures up on the staff bulletin board with a note addressed to the food stealer.
34. Lunch Stealer’s Revenge 2
Make cat food sandwiches with chopped celery and mayonnaise. Again a picture helps for a laugh after the fact. You can also use hot sauce or any other god awful ingredient and stick it in your food items. Then set the trap and have a great laugh.
35. Ridiculous Rumors
As a group decide who the target will be and what the rumor will be. Something like “Is it true you are getting fired?” or laid off. Other questions could be that they are dating somebody, working for the competition, moonlighting, closet knitter or any other ridiculous rumor. Really there is no limit to the possibilities. Just make sure that you get as many people involved with this one. After they are asked about it enough times they will certainly lose their mind.
36. Switch the Lunch Meat
Unattended lunches are excellent for pranking. Change the sandwich meat in someone’s lunch. Or change out the drink (be careful not to put in anything they would never eat or drink – for this to work you really need to switch it with something they already eat). Try adding a candy bar (hey pranking doesn’t always have to be evil).
37. The Award has Been Rescinded
If anybody has recently won an award send out a fake memo that the award has been discontinued.
38. Relabel Things
Whether it is data discs, binders or anything else that is labelled – Change the labels to read pornography style title’s like Debbie Does Dallas, or Girls Gone Wild.
39. Take Their Work Tools Hostage
Take anything you like from the target and make a ransom note for them to get it back. It doesn’t have to be a work tool it could just be something annoying or ugly and the target knows it.
40. Busted for Smoking
If there is a smoker in your office and you work in a building that doesn’t allow smoking, get an ashtray, put a few butts in it and leave it on your targets desk beforeyour coworkers arrive.
41. No Knitting
You will need a manager to help you out with this work prank idea. Put some yarn and knitting needles in the targets desk. Ask the boss to call them into the office and explain the no knitting at work policy.
42. The Fake Strike
One of our own Fun Researchers had this trick played on him a few April Fools Days ago. He came to work and everybody had a picket sign and was officially on strike. He was told that the union had walked out and they were on strike. He bought it hook, line and sinker. This works well if your union has been at leadt hinting at a strike in the last little while.
43. Hey, We Heard you on the Radio
Get a target who has some racist or homophobic attitudes or is just plain annoying. When they show up for work in the morning make sure people stop talking when they enter the room. Then tell them they heard something about them on the radio. Allude to a secret microphone and that you would be really upset too if they had done that to you. Make sure at least a half a dozen people email them with the same take on the story. Include comments like, “Does your family know about this?” or “I support you no matter what people say.” Try not to describe any specific details of what you heard with the target. If nothing else it will at least give them a slight panic attack.
44. Talking Office Machines
Use Mr. Microphone to make any office appliance talk. Make sure you pass out an email or memo around the office about the new equipment. Put instructions on the equipment to speak very loudly into the on button so that it can learn to recognize your voice. If machine does not respond try speaking a little louder.
45. Music in The Walls
For this great April Fools Day Prank – put a small radio in a ceiling panel close to the target’s desk. Just have it on loud enough so only they can hear it. When asked, have you and your coworkers deny that they hear anything. If they have ever mentioned that they really don’t like a certain radio personality or kind of music – that would be a good choice to turn the radio dial to.
46. Stop the Ringing
Tape down the phone button on the phone so when the phone starts ringing and they pick it up it will keep ringing.
47. Give Yourself Recognition on the PA
Page yourself over the office intercom and tell yourself to take the day off or compliment yourself on a project, do not disguise your voice. This is a fun office prank that you don’t need to wait for April Fools Day to make your announcement.
48. The Newsletter or Announcement Memo
Anytime you are in charge of any kind of newsletter or broadcast email system you are in the driver’s seat to play a prank. If your organization is short on money you can easily fool people into an outrageous fund raising activity or ridiculous cutback. You may want to tell them they are only allowed one toilet flush per day or some other silly restriction. There is something about official announcements that make people incredibly gullible to this type of fun office prank.
49. Management “Need This” Memo
Place a note on your target’s desk when they leave their desk for a few moments, that says something like, “I need those research notes for The SLP project immediately! The client will be here in 30 minutes and I need to get it done really fast or we are both completely screwed!” Then leave it unsigned. If your boss has a sense of humor get him to wait half an hour and then go up to target’s desk to see if he has it done the designated chore.
50. Everything is Stuck to My Desk
Tape or glue the items on your target’s desk, to the desk. This can ruin items – be prepared to buck up if you wreck something.
51. Switch the Promo Video
If you are stuck at a trade show or a convention this one is good fun. Take your promotional video and put it in your competitors video player.
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