Office essentials

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Connemara, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    a fine china teapot and tea cup and saucer.

    i drink loads of tea at my desk throughout the day i got sick of going to the tea room 3 times an hour in the first hour of work.

    also have a spode plate which i eat my lunch off.

    its probably all very out of character for me and people always seem confused by it.
     
  2. Matt

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    couple pics of my family, and a little red model penguin thing that my gf gave me. That's all.

    A few years back I had a couple shelves of client baseball caps - they seemed to accumulate, so I made a feature of them...but other than that, I've never been much for workspace bling.
     
  3. Dewi

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    I'm not talking staplers, tape or paper here...but rather stuff that helps "brighten up" your cube/office/whatever. There must be some basic stuff that will look sick on and around my desk.

    Naturally, one of the first things I put up will be a pimp photo of Teddy Roosevelt. What else should I get though? What do you have?


    I've got a trebuchet from ThinkGeek in my cube. It's got pretty decent range, depending on the projectile.

    And I've got a flag.

    Keep in mind, I'm an engineer at an engineering company. We're all dorks, geeks, and nerds to the highest degree that are allowed out in public unsupervised.
     
  4. ALFAMALE

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    Nothing is more pathetic and plebeian than an overly decorated cubicle. Fat Midwestern Secretary's Desk is not the aesthetic you're aiming for, presumably. Wait till you get a legitimate office before decorating in earnest. And even then, be a minimalist. Some fine art, and maybe one or two small items that say "By the power of motherfucking Greyskull, I have the power."

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    I thought there was something wrong w/ me when I decided to never decorate my cubicle. Now I know I'm normal. Thanks for this.
     
  7. Piobaire

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    Okay, I'm about to give you one of Piob's pieces of advice to run your life by.

    Never have more in your office or cubicle than what you can fit into one box. In the first year of my first white collar job I saw a few people let go. Absolutely nothing worse than having to make multiple trips to empty out your office after you've just been termed. I've never allowed myself to accumulate more than a single box full of stuff since.

    Also, no one respects the idiot with everything from a gum ball machine to a collage of cut out magazine pictures on his wall. That guy is going to wish he'd followed Piob's advice within his first year of hire.
     
  8. Milpool

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    Okay, I'm about to give you one of Piob's pieces of advice to run your life by.

    Never have more in your office or cubicle than what you can fit into one box. In the first year of my first white collar job I saw a few people let go. Absolutely nothing worse than having to make multiple trips to empty out your office after you've just been termed. I've never allowed myself to accumulate more than a single box full of stuff since.

    Also, no one respects the idiot with everything from a gum ball machine to a collage of cut out magazine pictures on his wall. That guy is going to wish he'd followed Piob's advice within his first year of hire.


    Good advice. I should follow it, but I have a pretty massive collection of books in my office. Definitely multiple trips.
     
  9. Piobaire

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    Good advice. I should follow it, but I have a pretty massive collection of books in my office. Definitely multiple trips.

    For me, it also helps remind me that you are only as good as your last quarter. I do not want to ever make the mistake that I am irreplaceable, have "job security," etc.
     
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    For me, it also helps remind me that you are only as good as your last quarter. I do not want to ever make the mistake that I am irreplaceable, have "job security," etc.

    I had a conversation along these lines with a friend not too long ago. I may be an expert at my little segment of the biz, but that doesn't mean someone else can't come in with a similar expertise and get just as good or better results by going in a slightly different direction than I like to go in.
     
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    I always wanted my desk to look like this:

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    Currently I have:

    - Small box with loose change (about $10 worth of coins in it)
    - Coffee Mug - $2
    - Small box with pens - $5
    - Pair of brown captoes (To change into when I have to wear snow/rain boots to work) - $50
    - small tote bag to hold it all - $10

    Things I don't have to worry about:

    - leaving it behind in an emergency
    - packing and taking it if I get insta-canned for surfing SF too much
    - getting any of it stolen
     
  13. Michigan Planner

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    Okay, I'm about to give you one of Piob's pieces of advice to run your life by.

    Never have more in your office or cubicle than what you can fit into one box...


    I've been living by this for as long as I've been working desk jobs. Every few months and before any long holiday weekends or vacations I also double check to make sure I am not violating my one-box-rule and take home whatever doesn't fit that I would want to keep.

    Looking around my cube today, I could probably fit all of the personal contents in the pockets of the parka I wore to work. I figure that seems nice and spartan for somebody who has been at the same desk for about 5 years now.
     
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