April Fools’ Day is here and it is the perfect time to play a prank on the people you see day-in and day-out at work. You can have some good, clean fun while making memories that you’ll talk about for years to come. April Fools’ Day is that one day a year where you can play a joke, a prank or a hoax under the umbrella of celebrating the April 1, holiday.
These pranks have different levels of intensity and because you are doing this at work, you have to stick to what your work culture would consider appropriate. Working in a doctor’s office probably comes with a few more constraints on what kind of April Fools’ joke you can pull than if you are working in a garage or in a club.
Most of all it is going to depend upon what kind of boss you have when it comes to just how tame you need to keep your April Fools’ pranks. As Fox News suggests on March 30, offer up pranks that bring “good clean fun,” but ones that will “make lasting memories.”
Computer pranks are simple, quick and funny to see when your co-worker sits down at their work station or in their office to find something is very wrong. Try these on for size this April Fools’ Day:
Something as simple as giving your co-worker a bizarre home page, like “How to control flatulence” will conjure up the laughs. USA Today suggests installing Fartscroll to your co-workers browser so with every scroll, their computer will let go some tech Flatulence that sounds oh, so human!
You can use a wireless mouse and keyboard to take over your co-worker’s computer. Just sit across the room and take your co-worker to places that he or she doesn’t want to go on their computer screen! Make it an embarrassing search by typing in something like, “What is the green slime in between my toes?”
Another fun prank is to change the icons on your co-worker’s desktop and rename them all with some crazy names. Then you can change the icon pictures. This task just takes a right click on each icon, choose properties, then shortcut tab to “change icon.”
An old standby is to tape up the bottom of the mouse that is used by your co-worker or boss and watch them struggle for a while. You can take your co-worker to the dark side by turning the brightness all the way up and contrast all the way down on their screen. This will make the screen appear blank. A screwed-up screen should be worth some frustration on behalf of your co-worker trying to figure out what is going on!
Another simple prank is to change the “default color” to white and watch as they try to type something just for it to be invisible! Flipping the computer screen is another simple prank. You can do this by hitting Ctrl+Alt+the down arrow and the display will vertically flip, as will the mouse controls. You can also watch your co-worker struggle to read Chinese or German if you change the language on their computer.
You can pull many different pranks without going near your co-worker’s computer. Here are some other ideas to get your co-workers a bit peeved from a prank on this holiday:
Just by putting a small piece of tape over the earpiece of a co-worker’s phone or phone headset sets the stage to conjure up the laughs as you sit back and hear the repeating phrase of “I can’t hear you.” Before anyone uses the copier that morning, make about 20 copies of a paper clip and put the 20 pieces of paper back in the printer. Then watch your co-worker go crazy looking for that paper clip when they make copies of something.
Another joke that really works well starts by hiding a baby monitor speaker in your co-worker’s office or cubical. Throughout the day make weird sounds and haunt your co-worker all day! If you want to gross out your co-workers at lunch, try taking an empty mayonnaise jar and filling it with vanilla yogurt. Bring it to work and take it out of the fridge at lunch, grab a spoon and let them think you have one massive hankering for mayonnaise!
A bag of mini marshmallows sprinkled on the blade of a ceiling fan will make one bizarre looking event when you ask your co-worker to turn on the fan! They are soft projectiles and easy to clean up, but you can use confetti instead, which takes a little longer to clean up.
Here are a few pranks that can make the annoyance gauge go up a few levels for April Fools’ pranks. (Make sure your co-workers are good sports before you try these.)
Try using pancake syrup or Elmer’s Glue in the soap dispenser of the bathrooms to make one sticky situation for your co-workers! If it is noise you are into, you can tape bubble wrap to the bottom of the toilet seat so that when a co-worker takes a seat on the throne the snapping will surely make them jump.
Speaking of bathrooms, the baby monitor joke works well hidden in the bathroom. It respects everyone’s privacy because it doesn’t transmit, just receives sound. You can offer all kinds of noises while your co-worker takes a break and heads to the restroom.
If you want to really shock your co-workers, or if you are a boss and want to share an April Fools’ joke with your staff, send them a prank memo or email. In your memo offer up some new protocol for staff meetings. Make it sound as if you are talking to grade school kids. Inform your co-workers that they will be expected to raise their hand before speaking and that you will have a time-out chair for someone talking out of turn. Let them know that the employees need to bring up the work-place moral and to do so a group hug will begin and end the meeting. Go to town with this and watch their faces when reading the memo.
Another memo idea is to explain how times are tough and in lieu of letting some positions go, your company has opted to fire the cleaning crew. In the memo tell them that due to lack of a cleaning crew a “chore list” will be posted each week with the area of the workplace you are expected to clean. Offer the first schedule in the memo and give them chores like cleaning toilets, washing floors, etc… and watch the happy faces fade to sad!
You can also send a memo that conveys you need to trim the fat because of the rising cost of office products. Let your employees know that cost cuts are starting immediately and everyone is expected to do their fair share. In the memo or email tell them that the waste that’s observed around the workplace has come to your attention and that as of now you will now be charged 10 cents for every piece of paper found in your trash. The restroom will have pay toilets installed and coffee is now $2 a cup. Conjure up a few more money saving tactics and send that memo off!
Make sure these April Fools’ pranks are used in the appropriate setting and then sit back and have a few good laughs today! The last thing you want to do is get in trouble, so it is a good idea to ask your boss before you send around a joke memo or set up an elaborate prank!