If you’re anything like us, you aspire to be more of a Jim than a Dwight. A little bit of humor can go a long way in brightening up an otherwise long and stressful day at the office, and having a more humorous and relaxed work environment has even been linked with a longer life and better mental health. Unfortunately, many bosses lack a sense of humor, so your hilarity will have to be restricted to your office or cubicle when you’re at work. While pranking your coworkers like Jim might be frowned upon, you can always add a bit of humor to your workplace with these 5 gag items for your office.
1. Funny Home Screens
The first of our gag items for your office is also our least expensive. Just download a photo from the internet and use it as your home screen on your work computer. The trick here is to make it something that looks innocuous at first glance but becomes funnier the longer you look at it. Think phallic optical illusions or creepy-funny Easter Bunny fails. You’ll have a pick-me-up at any point in the day, and any coworkers who look at your home screen will be left scratching their heads and hiding their amusement.
2. Witty Coffee Mugs
There is no shortage of witty coffee mugs on the market, and a witty coffee mug can be an easy way to bring a little humor to your work routine. From sayings about your caffeine addiction to good-natured lamenting about your procrastination habits, witty coffee mugs will no doubt have a saying that fits your work life. Plus, every time you get up to pour yourself another cup, you’ll be spreading your wit and sense of fun a little bit further.
3: Humorous Office Supplies
This is another instance where you can take something that you use every day and turn it into something to lighten the mood. There is no shortage of humorous office supplies available. Some of them are more juvenile, such as a tape dispenser shaped like a man on the toilet, while others are more witty, such as sticky notes with quotes from Oscar Wilde and Charlie Chaplin. Just find the office supply you use most and replace it with a humorous alternative for an instant dose of humor in your day.
4: Funny Email Signatures
While email signatures should stay at least somewhat professional, there’s no reason why you can’t break the mold a little and replace your boring old email signature with a funny and cool one. This is the perfect place to break out that famous comedic quote or the witty observation you’ve never quite found the chance to make at the water cooler. Some of our personal favorites? “C program run. C program crash. C programmer quit.” and Douglas Adams’ famous “I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
5: Hilarious Fake Diploma
You probably know that one guy who has everything from his certificate in Python to his high school diploma framed and put up next to his desk. Now you can beat him at his own game by ordering a fake diploma for your home office. Do you have a Doctorate in Procrastination? Maybe you majored in Bullshitting? No matter what witty phrase you choose, you’re sure to get a giggle out of whoever sees the fake diploma on your wall and takes the time to read it. This method also has the advantage of looking very nice and official, perfect for a work environment that frowns upon fun.
You may have resigned yourself to a boring work environment, but work doesn’t have to be boring if you take inspiration from one of these top 5 gag items for your office. Follow this advice, and you’ll be pulling pranks like Jim in no time.