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Gag Your It! How to Use Workplace Gags

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

humorous fun at work speaker"fun puts you in the moment where their is very little stress" Funny Motivational Speaker

If you want to have more fun and literally save your sanity just and look for ways to be a bit offbeat and do the unexpected. Leadership experts, do something that makes no sense at all, that’s throws off people’s expectations (and puts them in the moment, which is stress free). Remember the key to any humor or practical joke is to establish your competency first. I suggest you try any of the below fun things with people you know well.

For those of you who take yourself seriously or are skeptical here is why doing the unexpected literally saves your sanity:

Motivate others by Doing the Unexpected, Silly and sometimes outright Ridiculous:

  • Puts you and others in the present moment (which is stress free)
  • It balances your perspective
  • Literally forces you to lighten up and not take things so seriously
  • Produces Humor which makes you laugh, which has hundreds of positive benefits
  • Increases creativity
  • Allows you to play as an adult
  • Mixes work with pleasure
  • Add humor in the workplace

The unknown freaks a lot of people out (me included) so just be cautious especially in the beginning.
Give yourself permission to take a risk, do the semi ridiculous and see what happens. If you feel silly remember that’s the whole point, so lighten up!

Here is an exhaustive list of unexpected things you can do to create unexpected fun. Some of them are rather prank- like and some are just plain funny

  • Make up a word… and keep throwing it in now and again and see what people do. Or finish every sentence with blah, blah, blah
  • Write someone a note to meet you outside in 10 minutes but don’t sign the note
  • Wear something weird on the weekend. Mini skirt and leg warmers, if you’re a man
  • Go up to someone and say” I support you no matter what other people are saying”
  • Page yourself over the intercom and recognize what a great job you have been doing
  • Walk around in circles around your office –look very perplexed People will wonder what you are doing.
  • Add items to someone's written reminder list (-i.e. buy condoms)
  • Make noises when people walk by
  • Stand really close to people, stare at them and walk away
  • Bring a meeting speaker in that is a funny inspirational speaker
  • Stand really close to someone and say…Did you do anything in the last week you would like to confess to?Do you have anything to tell me? Are you sure?
  • Put outrageous price tags on office equipment. (i.e. - $30,000 for a computer mouse)
  • March up to someone and tell them they need to help you with something and say. “If we don’t get this done right away were both completely screwed”
  • Say there is a new sexual harassment policy that says you’re not allowed to make eye contact at work
  • When someone wins an award the next day send out a memo to say the award has been discontinued
  • Go up to a complete stranger and ask if you can have your photo taken with them
  • Get some water guns
  • Get up, jog on the spot for 10 seconds and then sit down again.
  • Go up to a cashier and tell them your dog told you bad things were going to happen today and they should be prepared
  • Give away your place in line. In a long line at the grocery store, I was second in line, I looked to the last guy in line and said “Heah, come here… “He sheepishly walks over, I said “here you can have my place in line”, and I went and stood at the back of the line. He was speechless and so was everyone else. Just for Fun!
  • Make a funny face
  • Be unreasonable. When your spouse says lets go to Costco say, I can’t possibly go there until I get my hair highlighted. (It makes no sense and that’s the point).
  • Stand up at your desk and spell your name with your hips- do it right now we dare you
  • Fill a phone booth with people
  • Take an invisible dog for a walk
  • Talk only in famous catchphrases from movies.
  • Verbally Abuse your office furniture
  • Stand facing the corner at work until someone asks you why
  • Yell to someone, “here catch…”and throw an invisible ball
  • Run franticly down the hallway
  • Cut out photos and paste them on Popsicle sticks and have a puppet show
  • Fake an accent
  • Laugh out loud for no reason
  • Write your name in permanent marker on all your underwear
  • Break into a friend's house and clean it
  • Give names to your body parts
  • Kiss your elbow, if you can.
  • Lay a long straight line of masking tape on the floor. Now spin around really fast then try walking on the masking tape.
  • Let helium balloons float to the roof and throw stuff at it to pop it
  • When someone comes out of the bathroom ask them if they washed up
  • When someone talks to you say I know you are but what am I?
  • Repeat everything someone says
  • Make random observational comments (“I love pastrami” OR “Dryer Lint tastes bad”)
  • Run up to someone holding your throat and say I swallowed a paperclip
  • As soon as someone starts talking to you start talking at the same time
  • When talking on the phone, start pressing the buttons
  • Write a memo to someone and use horble spelling
  • Walk into work and announce “I don’t know where I am”
  • Speak excruciating slow
  • Walk into a restaurant and order something not on the menu
  • Tape a post it note on your back saying funny things
  • Wear 3 outfits all at the same time
  • Make a trash can a basketball hoop
  • Using heavy duty packing tape- tape someone to the wall
  • Sit at your desk with your left arm sticking out until it goes numb
  • Snap your fingers for no reason
  • Make the most trivial or confusing complaint to a coworker.
  • Talk in circles
  • Keep saying... “Like I said” and says the same thing over again
  • Turn on the T.V. put it on mute and make up dialogue
  • Every so often pretend to trip on an 'invisible' wire
  • Find some crutches and pretend to have a broken leg
  • Ask someone what there goal in life is and laugh hysterically (make sure you know the person well)
  • Collecting all bad news from newspapers and making a ritual campfire to burn
  • Have a lemonade sale at work
  • Greet someone with “Happy Tuesday” when it’s Thursday
  • Get food all over your face at lunch and don’t wipe it off
  • Leave copious amounts of jujubes with your tip at an upscale dining establishment
  • Bring your old clothes to work and give them to people
  • Make gingerbread men and decorate them so they look dangerous
  • Name every item in your workspace an odd name
  • In the cafeteria dare someone to eat Jello without utensils
  • Wear a tiara to work
  • Hire a funny motivational speaker for your meeting

Inspirational Quotes:

It's a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.
-Mark Twain

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