Dumb ideas for gloomy times

Mar 04 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

Perhaps you've been wondering how to make the work day a little brighter in these gloomy times. Fortunately for us, there are still a few columnists out there who want to help us jazz up our workplaces. Yippee, just what we needed. Let's take a look at this list and see how many are of any value.

So far, it's not off to a good start. Here are just a few of the ideas: personalize my workspace, buy some glam stationery, put an interesting wallpaper on my PC, put a shawl on my chair so people will know when I'm in or out of the office. . .

When I read articles like this, I'm brought back 20 some years to junior high school. As much as I'm all for making the workplace more enjoyable (so that the day goes by faster), I'm also for remaining an adult. I just don't see how adding a "mirror work cushion" or colorful pictures can enhance the quality of my day.

Call me cynical, but to me, these are feeble attempts at escapism. Fellow salaried employees, if you really want to escape from your day to day work life, get on a plane and go to Bora Bora.

Reading articles like this one makes my mind wander. I start thinking of other realities, like work conditions in third world countries (sorry, developing countries). Do you think that eight year olds working in Asian factories would enjoy their day more if they could add pictures in their workspace? Perhaps some perfumed paper or a tray for pins?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say no. So instead of publishing such jibberish online (and yes, I understand that I draw attention to it by commenting on it), perhaps we can see an article entitled "10 ways to make your CV more readable".