Prank: (noun) a practical joke or mischievous act.
What better place to play a few workplace pranks than the space in which anxiety fills the air, neighbors are trapped in their stress-filled boxes, eager to finish their tasks before 5:00pm so they can run through those doors and back to the outside world, and you only catch a true smile when someone down the hall announces that there’s pizza in the breakroom?
We all deserve a little fun now and then, no matter how serious, tense, and uptight our workplace may be. Of course, “fun” is a relative term and depends heavily on your particular prank and which end of it you happen to be on. However, some things are guaranteed to come of any office cubicle prank: it will definitely lighten the mood, it’ll get everyone laughing, and it’ll make your workplace more fun and enjoyable place to be for a tedious eight hours a day.
If you’ve already collected your group of mischievous office clowns and chosen your next victim, but you’re unsure of what to do next, this list of the best, most creative, and hilarious office cubicle pranks can help you take your practical joke to the next level with the Top 20 Office Cubicle Pranks.
Holiday and Celebration Pranks
Because in order to yell “Happy (fill in the blank),” everyone in the office has to actually be happy, laughing, etc.
Happy Birthday Cubicle Prank
Fill the birthday boy/girl’s cubicle with balloons (a lot of them) and trap them in by saran-wrapping the entrance.
Happy Holidays Cubicle Prank
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like walking into an office cubicle only to find every single item, piece of furniture, and accessory cloaked in wrapping paper. Who doesn’t love unwrapping presents? This is the perfect prank to play on the Scrooge of the office. Don’t forget to add the bows.
Happy Halloween Office Prank
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of Halloween is the candy and, of course, the candy apples. Since you are typically the coworker to bring in the treats that put everyone in the holiday spirit, make a few caramel “apples” for everyone to try. However, after just one coworker takes their first bite, your thoughtful gesture might not be the most popular item at the holiday party.
Returning from Vacation Cubicle Pranks
Because after taking a well-deserved vacation, every employee wants to return to the office to open arms, friendly faces, and a good laugh.
Stay-cation Cubicle Prank
If you’re lucky or can create a stay-cation worthy cubicle, maybe your coworker won’t have to leave the office next time they need a little break.
Golf Trip Cubicle Prank
“Well Bill, we all know how much you love taking those yearly golf trips. We all thought you deserved a few extra days on the green.”
Relax & Have a Drink Cubicle Prank!
Next time your cubicle neighbor starts complaining about working too much or needing a break, just tell them to “sit back, relax, and have a drink.” Even stock their cubicle with drinks (water, of course) beforehand.
Noteworthy Cubicle Pranks
Aquarium Cubicle Prank
Visiting an aquarium is the perfect vacation activity.
You’ve Got a Lot to Catch Up On
The most dreaded part about taking a vacation: returning to piles and piles of work to catch up on. Falling behind is the worst.
This employee will be wide awake and ready for their day now; so will the rest of the office.
“Last quarter was pretty rough. We’ve decided we’re going to have to start downsizing the office beginning with you!”
Keep Me Posted
This prank is for the employee that’s always forgetting things. Provide them with an infinite site for reminders. After all, you are known as the friendly, helpful, and uplifting employee who’s always willing to help out your coworkers.
For That Person Who’s Always Late
Some people just can’t get ready on time. Maybe they hit snooze one too many times or perhaps their morning routine is slightly too extensive. Either way, this issue can be solved by giving them a place to finish getting ready at work.
You Forgot to Take the Trash Out
“Look Jan, at this office, we take turns taking the trash out. So, this is the trash that has been accumulated for each day you’ve skipped your turn. You might want to grab a few bags and get stated.”
For “That” Employee Pranks
There’s always that one employee who has those quirky or strange habits or likes/dislikes that they just can’t explain. Maybe they just need a little help realizing that it’s not the norm.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
For that employee who needs to catch up on his current events. It’s good to keep up with what’s going on in the world you live in.
Always Hanging Around
For that employee who enjoys hanging around other people’s work area a little too long. Let them know they can hang around without ever leaving their desk!
The Great Outdoors
For that employee who’s always saying, “we need more plants in the office,”. Now you can give’em what they want.
Because every workplace needs a little spontaneous fun every now and then.
Caution! Police Line! Do Not Cross!
Keep it Fresh
Saran wraps your coworker’s entire office cubicle to “keep it fresh” inside. Keep in mind, saran wrap is very difficult to clean up and it won’t be much easier to wrap an entire cubicle and office accessories in saran wrap either. Everyone involved will have their work cut out for them.
Now that you’ve got a few ideas, happy pranking. Hopefully, your coworkers have a good sense of humor.