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If you've ever watched the hit TV show "The Office", you'll be well versed in office antics that can add a bit of fun to the working day.
Kit Out My Office surveyed 1,594 adults aged 18-65 in full or part-time employment to find out how many of us take part in office pranks at work. Our results found that 83% of workers from the North of England stated that they often take part in workplace pranks in comparison to only 69% from the South of England.
In addition to the above, 90% of workers who responded in favour of pranks said they will continue doing them despite hearing stories of people being fired as a result of a prank.
Office pranks can be seen in both a positive and negative light. Pamela Rogerson, HR Director for the ELAS Group, who has 27 years' experience in employment law and HR, had this to say:
"Pranks in the workplace lighten the mood and, for the most part, can have a positive effect on morale so why not? A little laughter and joviality helps build team spirit and corporate identity; if a workplace is staid and boring then I’m sure that staff retention could be an issue. That being said, as with anything you do, whether in the workplace or at home, any pranks should be harmless".
If you’re looking to prank your colleagues, we've pulled together our favourite list of practical jokes for the workplace as inspiration. From a dry shower to a sea of cups, your bound to find an idea below to prank an unsuspecting culprit.
Choose a prank to read more about how to pull off it off sucessfully. We've also provided a list of tools and equipment required for each practical joke. Our pranks are ordered by difficulty and also give an idea of how long you'll need to prepare for each. Pick your favourite now and get started to really show your coworkers who's boss!
Create temporary mouse mayhem with a post-it note! Start this prank >
Download an extension to "break" your coworkers computer. Start this prank >
Sprinkle a little love on your favourite colleague. Start this prank >
Frighten your boss who has arachnophobia. Start this prank >
Serve up a tasty treat for your team. Start this prank >
Baffle a colleague by taking over their mouse. Start this prank >
You'll never look at glitter in the same way again. Start this prank >
Give your lazy co-worker a phone workout. Start this prank >
No time to visit the pool, no problem - create a sea of cups instead. Start this prank >
Find Nemo in your colleagues filing cabinet. Start this prank >
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Description: Watch your colleague's frustration as they have their mouse disrupted twice - which issue will they solve first?
Description: Pranking your colleagues doesn't have to use a mouse, umbrella or 100 cups - simply download an extension to their web browser and watch them blame their "broken machine"!
Preparation Time: A week (depending on how often you use your hole punch)
Description: Make it rain tiny pieces of paper with this harmless yet effective office prank.
Description: Give an unsuspecting colleague an unpleasant fright with this easy office prank.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Description: Get your colleagues excited by bringing in a box of snacks, only to see their faces drop at the contents.
Description: Watch your culprit get highly frustrated and blame their "broken mouse" when things aren't going their way.
Description: Surprise your favourite colleague with a handful of glitter... all over them and the floor.
Preparation Time: 2-3 days (depending on how often your culprit uses the phone)
Description: Give your colleague a thorough arm workout with this weighty office prank.
Preparation Time: 2 hours
Description: Take your pranks to the next level with a seascape of plastic/paper cups - watch your colleagues disbelief when they can't get to their desk!
Preparation Time: 1 hour (it is best to do this prank out of hours or while the culprit is out of the office so you don't get caught)
Description: Give your culprit the gift of an office pet with this intricate, yet effective prank.
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