Sometimes the workday gets too monotonous to bear. If you need a quick way to spice things up, why not engage in a little harmless practical joking? Harmless is the operative word. Nevertheless, we also urge you to pick your victims carefully. Make sure the co-worker you prank has a good sense of humor, and make sure you are prepared to accept any payback that may come your way. Play at your own risk!
Office Prank #1 – Crazy Glued Candy
Purchase a bag of small, individually wrapped candies such as caramels or mini size chocolate bars. Crazy glue all the candies together and place the massive hunk of candy into a bowl. If done correctly, it will look like you just refilled your stash. Set the bowl out in an obvious place and watch for your first unsuspecting victim. When someone comes by to grab a candy they will lift the entire, glued up pile.
Office Prank #2 – Box with No Bottom
You know that person who has all their personal packages shipped to the office? Or the guy whose packages you always have to sign for because he hardly ever comes in? This trick is perfect for them, granted that they know how to take a joke.
Neatly remove the bottom of a cardboard shipping box. Set the box just inside the doorway of your co-worker’s office or cubicle. Now, fill the box with popcorn seeds, uncooked rice or some other annoyingly small yet harmless item. Seal the box with packaging tape and add a shipping label so that it looks authentic. The next step is important. Try to contain your laughter as your co-worker returns to their desk. They will undoubtedly pick up the box and spill hundreds of packing peanuts all over the floor!
Office Prank #3 – Rainforest
Most offices try to add a little color to the environment by adding trees and potted plants here and there, some artificial and some real. It is also said indoor plants are good for your health. Under that explanation, you could argue this little trick is more beneficial than it is a prank…
After hours, go around the office and grab up all the greenery you can find. Move each and every tree, and plant them into one co-worker’s office or cubicle. Fill the place up until it looks like a rainforest. The next morning, try not to crack up as they spend the first half hour of their day trying to decide how on earth they are supposed to get any work done in the literal jungle of a workplace that you have created. A side note – if you take plants that personally belong to other workers be sure to label the bottoms so that they can be returned to their rightful owners after you’ve had your fun.
Disclaimer: Execution and outcome of any office prank is the sole responsibility of the prankster. Swingline is not liable if the fun prank results in the loss of positive working relationships, freedom to bring candy into the workplace, etc. Play at your own risk and enjoy the laughter!