Back To Career News

5 Easy April Fools’ Pranks to Play in the Office

Topics: Work Culture

April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year – great news for people who are hoping to torment their family members with blue milk or cellophaned toilet seats, but not so great news for those hoping to get a rise out of their coworkers.

But don’t despair! You don’t need a lot of advanced planning to get your digs in before you head out for the weekend. These easy April Fools’ pranks are perfect for the last minute.

1. Leave a Note

“At work, leave a post-it note on someone’s desk that says, ‘See me immediately!’ Then make the signature illegible.” – wee_man, Reddit

2. “Fix” Your Coworker’s Computer

“Log in to someone’s PC and take a screenshot of their desktop and make it the background. Put all the desktop icons in a folder and put it in the root of C where it won’t appear and hide the task bar. They’ll click all over the place trying to figure out why nothing works and a reboot won’t fix it.” – beanstalkim, Reddit

3. Upgrade the Toaster

April Fools' pranks
Tumblr, via HubSpot

4. Hang a Helpful Sign

“Tape a ‘Door is broken, use other door’ sign to every door with arrows pointing clockwise (or counter clockwise for you anarchists out there) around the building.” – TIL_sarcasm, Reddit

5. Remind Everyone That There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Nic Cage

“I work the mid shift at my company as a IT analyst. After everyone goes home, I plan on taping tiny pictures of Nicholas Cage on the underside of their optical mice.” – Glad_Hander, Reddit

nic cage

Stories have been lightly edited for clarity and style.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

Tell Us What You Think

What’s the best April Fools’ prank you’ve ever seen at work? We want to hear from you. Share your stories in the comments or come talk to us on Twitter.

Featured Image: Pexels

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Read more from Jen

Leave a Reply

Notify of
What Am I Worth?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.