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They came and took our bins away from our desks this morning. An e-mail was circulated from on high to explain that from today, we would be working in The Binless Office.

The same e-mail warned that from next Monday, all desks, even the dedicated ones, are to be cleared of every personal item such as family photos, plants, cups or coffee mugs, and...office supplies. That's right: we're no longer allowed to have pens, notepads, post-its, staplers or in-trays on our desks, as Management have decided that these items present an 'unprofessional' image to the visiting public.

We are not open to the visiting public.

A few years ago, Management in their infinite wisdom decided we would henceforth be working in The Paperless Office. Every manual was cleared from the shelves, all the printers/copiers were removed, the knowledge library was closed, and office supplies were no longer provided...but people have been bringing in their own since then (except for the printers/copiers of course, which were reinstalled pretty darn quickly -- we are a printer company after all). We all agree that saving trees is a worthwhile cause, but people do need to jot down their thoughts occasionally, take notes, and have documents and instructions printed out in hardcopy, simply because they're wired that way.

The Paperless Office didn't take -- I'm confident The Binless Office won't either.


In other news: an old friend from my message board days has taken the plunge and created an LJ-account under the name of espo39, but is a bit unsure what to do with it. What do you think, can we show her?



( 38 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Jan. 9th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, the brains (or lack thereof) running your company would explain why all printers are pretty much crap and when you call with a problem you get this response: "I'm sorry, we no longer offer service for that model. But we can give you a $100 discount if you purchase a new one!"

I see they treat their employees with just as much respect. o_O
Jan. 9th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hey! We said we were sorry, and we offered you a discount; what more do you want? Now go away, you're interrupting our poker game! ;-)
Jan. 9th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
You work for crazy people.
Jan. 9th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Off. Their. Trolley.
Jan. 9th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
I seem to use this icon a lot in relation to your work.

Seriously, I think you should write a letter to the Dilbert guy about all the dumb edicts that come down in your office. :P
Jan. 9th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Truth really is stranger than fiction, isn't it?
Jan. 9th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Okay I shouldn't laugh but just have too! So if I walk into an office and see a stapler I am expected to determine it "unprofessional"? Gaaahhh they PAY these idiots? It's a joke, right? Sounds straight out of Monty Python.

Jan. 9th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I wonder how long it'll be before one of these bright sparks hits upon the idea of The Peopleless Office?
(no subject) - pfeifferpack - Jan. 9th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - gamiila - Jan. 10th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 9th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
that's funny .. after it only being Sunday when I looked into that London office and commented on their "personal spaces" .. much more cosy their way :)

binless is plain daft. Maybe we fell asleep and it is April 1st
Jan. 9th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
That office did look like it would be a good place to work, didn't it?

But I guess they have a point: it'll look so much more professional when there's banana peels and sweets wrappers littering the floor.
Jan. 9th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
A paperless office? An office without office supplies? Who the hell comes up with that? How is that even supposed to work? *is utterly baffled*
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
How is that even supposed to work?

I suppose we will find out in the coming weeks...
Jan. 9th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Words do not suffice....
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Especially when you realise they PAY these idiots...
Jan. 9th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
You'll just have to dump your rubbish on the floor then.
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
That is my cunning plan. We'll see how long it takes them to bring our bins back then!
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Um...WTF?!!! That's insane. Really insane.

And yes. We can show her!
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
They've lost it, they really have.

And thanks!
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
That's the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard.
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
It's totally unworkable.
(no subject) - missmurchison - Jan. 11th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
Erm, if this was April 1st and America, I'd think it an elaborate April Fool's joke. That is just so bizarre.
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Icon love!
(no subject) - spiralleds - Jan. 16th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
What do you think, can we show her?

Cat macros?
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
That'll be a start!

Edited at 2008-01-10 01:08 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
[ponders the insanity] Now my brain hurts.
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's quite something, isn't it?

Ice pack?
(no subject) - vegmb - Jan. 11th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - gamiila - Jan. 11th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Well, deposit all your rubbish in the manager's office and they'll soon change thier tunes. My boss keeps going on about having a paperless office and we just laugh at him.
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
deposit all your rubbish in the manager's office

We would....only, they're in the same boat as us. This decision has been taken on an EMEA level, by some bloke with a phobia for bins in Switzerland.
:-o - (Anonymous) - Jan. 11th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: :-o - gamiila - Jan. 11th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I wish I could believe you were joking, or that your management fellas were pulling a prank, but ... I remember when my mom was told she'd have to have NO papers on her desk because papers looked unprofessional - her entire JOB involved working with paper reports, and she could not do any work at all w/o the project on her desk - this was because the boss's father came by and thought things looked "messy" and even though he didn't actually work at the company he was part owner and mgmt felt they had to mollify him.

INSANITY. No really - I think some of these people are actually off their rockers, but not being treated for it. Woe to the underlings.

And you can't dump banana peels and sweets wrappers on the floor, because I am certain you are working in a Foodless and Drinkless office as well, or will be any moment now.
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
And you can't dump banana peels and sweets wrappers on the floor, because I am certain you are working in a Foodless and Drinkless office as well, or will be any moment now.

God forbid! But I wouldn't put it past them...
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