The work schedule is quite monotonous: you enter the office in the morning, perform tasks, go out for lunch, leave the office in the evening… Sounds a bit dull, doesn’t it?
Sometimes you just need some office laughter to get you through the day. Fortunately, there is an ocean of office pranks that can be used to spice up your workday. 😈
Using humor in the workplace has a bunch of benefits. Employees who have fun at work are more creative, more productive, and have fewer sick days than teammates who don’t have fun.
We asked our teammates here at Chanty, interviewed friends, and surfed Google for good examples of funny office pranks. Most companies have a story about that office prank of yore. Plus, some pranksters have already contributed funny stories, which may serve as your inspiration for your first jokes at work.
In this article, we have put together a comprehensive list of office jokes. Feel free to steal any joke you like!
What are the rules for office pranks?
How do you tell the difference between an office prank and an insult? The main idea is that everyone can enjoy the funny office pranks and laugh about them. Never go overboard and hurt somebody’s feelings.
Therefore, having the prank in mind, check it against the ground rules we have listed below.
- Do not destroy property
- Do not prank being angry
- Don’t cause major disruptions
- Prank people who like it
- No pranks with clients
- No illegal pranks
- No prohibited websites, drugs, or discriminatory statements.
Having read the ground prank rules, we are now ready to move forward to the fun stuff.
1. Funny pranks with Cars
We have put together a few excellent car jokes. The first one is especially perfect for those teammates who like sticky notes or don’t finish their tasks on time. Just take colorful sticky notes and use your imagination as in the example below. It is a weird, yet funny way to remind your colleagues about important and unfinished business.
Is it winter here? Brilliant! Grab another car prank that is an ideal option for the winter time. All you need is a couple of hours, a lot of snow outside, and a colleague who has a car.
2. Misspelling macro
If your work buddy has shown you how to unlock their iPhone, it’s your time. Misspelling macro is the most sophisticated and diabolical office joke ever! Be very careful, it can really make your teammate mad.
Here’s the recipe for the evilest prank in the world: on your buddy’s iPhone, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut. And now you know what to do. Replace ‘your’ with ‘our’. Change ‘are’ to ‘is’. The list of possible sins is almost endless.
3. ‘Cattify’ someone’s iPhone apps
It’s super easy. Gain access to your victim’s iPhone. Open the page iPhoneception.com in the mobile browser. Select the Kittens option there. Then add the app to the home screen and launch it. Having the app load, lock the iPhone. Done!
4. Confusing and scary sounds
Help your colleague get the whole room’s attention the second they walk through the door. You will find the instructions in the picture below. Because everyone should give a warm welcome to a newly arrived teammate, should they not?
5. Ballooned meeting room
This prank looks like a gift. Why not? That’s a great way to surprise the next team that reserves the meeting room or make your boss’ office shine bright. To add some cruelty to this office prank, you can put glitter or confetti in the balloons before inflating them. It would be so much fun to open the door and enter the room full of balloons.
6. Desk office pranks
You can literally troll your coworker’s workstation with the help of a few dozen trolls. Just buy more than one pack of trolls of different sizes.
You can call this office prank “a budget trip to the beach.” The best moment to play this joke is when your coworker comes back from their vacation. Alternatively, when your coworker forgets to take a break.
Remember the previous ‘Kittens’ office jokes? Here’s another brilliant idea on how to ‘cattify’ your teammate’s workstation. The prank will be especially successful if your colleague is a brutal guy. But on the other hand, this can make your cat-loving coworker’s day.
Some people love unwrapping gifts. But if almost everything is wrapped, will it be funny? Hell to the yes! Just make sure that everything (we mean everything) is covered, from the office chair to individual paper clips.
Speaking of sticky notes, if you still have some after the car prank, use them to ‘decorate’ your teammate’s workplace.
To add some spice to your colleague’s working day, print out a horrifying image and leave it in their desk drawer.
7. Voice toast
Toaster, for the last time, please heat my bread! Why aren’t you listening to me? We bet you will hear this many times if you play this simple, yet brilliant prank.
8. Googly eyes office pranks
Does your teammate have baby photographs on their desk? Excellent, the prank is almost ready! Just add googly eyes to the pictures.
What’s more, if there is a refrigerator in the office, add googly eyes to everything there.
9. The seed board
Growing cress is super easy. Actually, it can pretty much grow anywhere by itself. However, let’s help nature a bit and plant some cress on your teammate’s keyboard. It’s a good idea to prank someone who sits close to the window because this joke needs some sunlight.
10. Scary jokes
Be aware: it’s a quite terrifying prank. You can freak out just by looking at the image below. Nevertheless, your desire to play jokes may be stronger than common sense. Use a doll or paper mache and a black wig. Done. Your jumpiest teammates will be satisfied.
11. Chrome extension office joke
Prank your teammates by installing one of the funny Chrome extensions on their computers at the office. Which Chrome add-in to choose from? It depends. For instance, if your coworker is a fan of Nicolas Cage, you can ‘nicolascage’-ify their browser with nCage. This extension will replace every image on every page with a photo of Nicolas Cage. Brilliant, isn’t it?
Want more? Cornify will add sparkly unicorns and rainbows to any website your colleague visits. Hair on the screen extension will place a small, thin line on your teammate’s display, making them believe there’s hair. This web app offers different customization options, including More Hair, Less Hair and Randomized Hair.
Cornify Chrome extension
12. What The… Background?
Using funny and creative virtual backgrounds on video conferencing apps has to be one of the greatest work pranks of all time. For example, imagine being in a meeting with this:
13. You’re not on mute
We’ve all heard the horror stories of users who thought they were on mute and went on to say something embarrassing. One prank would be to stage this situation and make your coworkers think that you think you’re on mute. You could enlist someone in your household to say really embarrassing or completely outrageous, the goal being to see how long your coworkers will watch in horror before letting you know you’re on mute.
14. Who am I?
If your company uses a team chat app, changing your display name and picture to match someone else’s is a quick and funny way to “steal” their identity. This office prank has the potential to be increasingly entertaining, effective, and chaotic as more coworkers join in. The best part is that it’s simple to go back to your original display name and photo at the end of the day.
15. Anyone in the washroom?
Typically, you just have to wait till your turn when you notice feet underneath the stall. You might have to wait an eternity in this scenario. See how long it takes for conversation to begin by placing this guy in the restroom at your place of business. Just pray that no one phoned the ambulance for this poor, empty outfit.
16. Have an Oreo
We love those co-workers who bring snacks to the office, right? Get a pack of Oreos and carefully twist the halves apart to reveal the creamy interior. Eat the creamy part yourself and put a small amount of mint toothpaste on one part and cover it with the other. Voilà, bon appétit.
17. Swap the family picture
Do you have coworkers who place family photos on their desks? Replace these pictures with your favorite celebrity or a funny meme.
Try some office pranks and jokes
Office pranks are not only joking. They can be used to improve the overall atmosphere at the office and get your teams to bond. When colleagues come together to prank, this enhances the overall sense of unity. Nice, right?
The only thing here you should remember is that office pranks should be fun, not insulting. So, keep the prank within certain boundaries. The result of it should be a lot of laughter, not your teammates hating you.
We’ve compiled a list of funny pranks for any size and budget in this article. Don’t hesitate to be a party-starter and adopt any of them. Happy pranking!