Before moving to Indianapolis, I had this public relations job downtown Chicago. The entire office was made up of gray cubicles, and every day we mice meandered through the maze to find the cheese: our workspace.
In all my jobs to that point, I always liked to have my cube as friendly as possible. There was always an endless supply of pictures, games or quotes to make people stop and say hello.
About two months into this job, I pinned up the cutout above: JOE WORKS HARD…BUT NOT HARDER THAN HE HAS TO. I found it in some magazine and thought it was hilarious. Not (necessarily) true, but funny.
Well, the day after I pinned it up, I got called into the bossman’s office. It appears that this was not the type of message we wanted to send to executives, should they ever wander down from the top floor through the peon provinces. I should remove it immediately.
Naturally, I didn’t.
I snipped off the bottom line—leaving JOE WORKS HARD—and hung it with pride. Now, the next time the c-suite peeps walked through, they’d KNOW I was a hard worker…I mean, I had announced it via my cube wall after all.
I found this sign the other day in my box of work paraphernalia and had to laugh. It’s nice to not have to worry about silly office politics or looking a certain way anymore. Too much time and energy’s wasted on those things.
Let Joe work. Let Joe have fun…even more fun than he has to.