Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The working life: My cubicle brand
There was some muckety-muck from Upstairs in our little corner of the building the other day. He commented on my co-worker's cubicle, which is adorned with photos of her dog and paintings of dogs and dog memorabilia.
Another co-worker has his university stuff: lots of Gopher paraphanalia, Greek jokes (he is Greek), and a few Star Wars action figures, aka "dolls."
Yet another has photos of her children and of London. A small replica of a London red phone booth. English stuff.
The muckety-muck looked at my cubicle.
I have a plant. That HR gave me on my first day. That I thought, "Oh GREAT. Now I have to water a plant. Why couldn't they have given me chocolate?"
I would never give someone a plant. Why not just give her a puppy? It's the same level of unwanted, unrequested responsibility. IF WANTED A PLANT IN MY CUBICLE, I WOULD GET MY OWN!
But they were just trying to be nice. I have to remember that.
I have a plant. And a phone. A stapler. A calendar. The calendar, I brought from home.
But that's it.
The muckety- muck asked, "Where's your stuff?"
I answered, "I'm here to work."
My boss liked that answer, but the MM said, "I like to know something about a person. I look at the books, the plaques."
Yeah. Those are things you get when you have AN OFFICE. Honestly - each job I've gotten has been worse than the previous. I have gone from a window office with my own secretary (although it was a pain in the neck to write my letters and memos longhand and give them to her to type) to a window office with no secretary but a computer to a cubicle in a converted, window-less warehouse where you were advised not to walk to your car alone after dark to a cubicle with natural light. So maybe this new cubicle is a step up.
In the meantime, there are empty offices.
But my co-workers and I do not rate those offices. We do not even rate phones with caller ID. You have to be a higher level than we are. (I KNOW! Because caller ID certainly isn't something that would help us do our job better!)
So the MM thinks people should reveal themselves at work via their office/cubicle decor.
I think it's nobody's business. What do you think?