The inexorable sadness of pencils

We spend a lot of time at the office. How much? Let’s just say a lot.

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In their recent article on modern office design, The New York Times Magazine quotes a few bleak lines from Theodore Roethke’s poem ‘‘Dolor”. “I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils… All the misery of manila folders and mucilage,/Desolation in immaculate public places,/Lonely reception room, lavatory, switchboard.’’

It’s an all too recognizable image of office life. The florescent lights, the grey walls. The desolate sighs within lonely cubicles. That one coworker with the rasping cough that sounds like the grim reaper. (Seriously Debbie, you should get that checked out.) How can we bring some joy to our work space in a way that helps banish the existential dread that accompanies the above chart?

 

Office Beautification

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Last year, we gave a random wall an artsy fartsy makeover. Who needs the Blue Ridge Mountains when you can bring them inside? Besides, allergies. I rest my case.

Snacks

donuts

When the going gets tough, the tough eat their feelings. According to a highly scientific poll of people in our office, donuts are the preferred method of managing emotional problems. Close seconds were the candy bowl and eating lunch at Bojangles.

Dogs

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Our office dogs are huge slackers. Some days they manage only to drool on a few shoes and destroy a single tennis ball. This is frankly unacceptable. Seriously, Moose and Trixie, what do you have to say for yourselves. I expect a full self-assessment due to me tomorrow  morning explaining your adorable presence here.

 


So how about it. How do you keep your office cheery? Tweet us @blueforestvideo

 

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