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12 September 2008

Offices are Absurd


"We forecast that we'll see the paperless office at the same time we see the paperless bathroom."
- Steve Pytka, Market consultant in Micro Market World, early 1980s




For nearly 30 years, The Gallup Poll (not to be confused with the Giddy Up Pole, where you pay to, uh, well, never mind) interviews a few million American office workers.


One of their takeaways is that barely 1 in 4 American workers is "engaged" at work. The remaining 3 out of 4 is either "not engaged" or the near cataclysmic "actively disengaged". Yow. Where is Rosie the Riveter when you need her??

Why so many foot-draggers at work? The reasons vary, but themes exist, such as under qualified managers, arrogant/selfish co-workers, no Diet Coke in the drink machine and nothing motivating to work toward. (Note to XX, a former supervisor: me working harder so YOU could get a bigger lake house while all I got was more, uh, grief, was only motivating to you. Grrr.)


Too many company's expect their peeps to show up on their own to work with a spring in their step. And maybe 25% of workers do, but I suspect the truth is that there are some capable, inspiring leaders in the midst of those 'engaged' workers that have earned that devotion and engagement. How embarrassing for US companies that still think that they are so special that they don't need to recognize the need to provide some degree of motivation for their team members.




"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -
that's why we recommend it daily."
- Zig Ziglar


So if you work in a motivational environment...and that includes stay-at-home-parents, titans of industry, ditch diggers and pretty much everybody but paparazzi, then congrats. And if you are paperless, then perhaps a congrats is in order for that too?


"I can't stand this proliferation of paperwork! It's useless to fight the forms, you've got to kill the people producing them." - Vladamir Labailze


However, whatever line of work you are in, you know you are in a bad place when the most important paper in your workplace is being produced in the bathroom. Agreed?


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