We often dream of seeking some harmless revenge on our boss, and on April Fools' Day there's a chance to make that dream a reality. That being said, there is a certain art to choosing April Fools' Day pranks to play on your boss. The timing has to be perfect, the execution has to be flawless, and the person has to be willing to laugh at themselves. Otherwise, you could end up searching for a new job before the day is done.
Now that may seem like an exaggeration, but there's a bit of truth to that sentiment. While there are limitless pranks to play on coworkers, you have to be a bit more careful when it comes to your employer. The joke can't take too much time away from their work, and it can't make them look like a fool in front of their employees. Your boss also has to have the right personality for your prank to work. They don't have to have a Michael Scott-level sense of humor per se, but they can't be Donald Trump's doppelgänger either.
If you think your boss can handle a good-hearted joke, then you'll want to get to work immediately. After all, April Fools' Day is right around the corner. From temporarily tampering with office supplies to serving some “sweet” justice, here are nine April Fools' Day jokes to play on your boss without getting fired at the end of the day.
1. Fill their desk drawers with candy
This sweet prank should land you on your boss's good side. To make the clean up easier, place a piece of plastic wrap over their actual office supplies.
2. Plant something in their keyboard
This Earth-friendly joke requires a little more work than others, but the satisfaction is worth it.
3. Turn their desk into a shrine
Is their a celebrity your boss hates? Cover their walls with photos and posters of the loathed A-lister.
4. Rig their chair so that it sinks
This quick prank requires minimal effort and maximum laughs. Simply tape the chair's lever to the bottom of the seat. When they sit down, the chair will sink to the lowest setting.
5. Make them scream
This will teach your boss to stop slamming doors. Duct tape an airhorn to the wall right behind their door, so they will hear a loud sound when they push it open.
6. Booby trap their stapler
You've never seen a staple jam quite like this. Since this prank requires you to take the stapler apart, make sure to have a functioning one on standby.
7. Take control of their mouse
Plug a wireless mouse into their computer, but take the actual mouse with you. Throughout the day, wiggle the mouse and watch them lose their mind. If you're too far away to execute that prank, stick a piece of tape to the bottom of their mouse. They will go crazy trying to get the damn thing to work.
8. Rearrange their keyboard
Give their keyboard a mini makeover by rearranging the letters. If your boss is a proficient typer, then it will take them a while to notice the change.
9. Offer them something "sweet"
Leave a covered plate of "brownies" on your boss’s desk. They'll be shocked and saddened to notice that it's just a plate of brown Es.