I love to pull a good, but harmless, office prank.
When we had an office, one of my most favorite things to do was to take a screen grab of someone’s desktop and then replace their desktop with that image.
It looks exactly the same, but when you click on a folder or an application, nothing happens.
After all, it is just an image, so it’s not clickable.
I did this to every new employee for two years. It became a rite of passage. That’s how you knew you were in and how the rest of the team knew you were in. If I didn’t prank you, it was probably because you hadn’t done anything to earn my respect.
The bigger the prank, the more I respected you.
(Eventually I was repaid when they wrapped my entire office in tin foil. I mean, the entire office contents: mouse, pens, books, chairs, nail file, lotion, headphones, everything.)
Knowing a person well enough to prank them
It’s a lot harder to do that with a virtual team.
When Lindsay Bell was our content director, it became a running joke that she was fired nearly every week.