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Subject:Keeping up with the office
Time:12:11 am
We have a new guy in our department as of today... he sits right across the aisle from me.

This evening, my boss and I glanced into his office and saw a box labeled something like "new office kit." The contents were strewn across his desk, so we stopped to take a look. From memory, they were:

- Stapler
- Staples
- Staple remover
- Tape
- Tape dispenser
- Paperclips
- Magnetic paperclip dispenser
- Letter opener
- Scissors
- Probably a couple of things I don't remember

Those seem so out of place to me on a modern desktop that the combination struck me as absurd. In the year that I've worked at this company, I don't think I've ever used a stapler, staple remover, or tape. I use about one paperclip a month, and I just grab it from the supply room. I do have scissors at my desk, but I grabbed them for some oddball project. When was the last time I used a letter opener? Who sends letters, anyway? I didn't see any white-out, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was there.

The whole thing struck me as quaint, and a little silly.
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crayonbeam
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Time:2007-11-20 08:56 am (UTC)
the kit part of it seems odd

if you ever want to visit the past, visit a gov't office

it's all paper, all the time.... printing the emails, yup. faxing. taping. the whole works.
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ruth_lawrence
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Time:2007-11-20 09:49 am (UTC)
I see a letter opener, I get other ideas...

Maybe he just likes stationery supplies?
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jellymillion
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Time:2007-11-20 10:03 am (UTC)
When I started this job, nearly 2 years ago (golly) our admin lady very kindly furnished me with a little desk tidy thingummy, holding paperclips, a selection of highlighters, correction fluid stuff and (ghastly) pencils made from recycled plastic. Plus a stapler, staple remover and hole punch.

Ahhhh, sweet.

Several items have by now disappeared, unlamented. The correction fluid bottle is still there though - I just opened it, probably for the first time ever, and it's still liquid. Amazing.

I do use the highlighters occasionally.
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ronsrants
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Time:2007-11-20 12:52 pm (UTC)
I use scissors and staples/stapler all the time. But not so much the rest of it.

You want out moded? My friend just started a new job at a huge multi-national. He was assigned a secretary/admin assitant. All for himself. He hasn't a clue about what to have her do.

-R
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adbjupe
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Time:2007-11-20 01:02 pm (UTC)
I have a ruler ! I use it to enhance my bodylanguage or to scrape off some nasty goo on my whiteboard.

But I am a pencil user. Old style, wooden. I love to have half a dozen of them lying around. Makes walking to the pencil sharpener a ceremony.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2007-11-20 02:31 pm (UTC)
I use all of those things at work, all of the time, with the sole exception of the letter opener. I don't have a magnetic paperclip dispenser, but I do have a desk drawer supply organizer, and there's a dedicated spot for those paperclips, and another box full of them behind the organizer. I actually have a preference in size & brand of paperclips I use.
At my work, no one even jokes about The Paperless Office. It's simply not possible. The minimum number of copies I make of any child's file at review time (twice a year at least) is two, plus sending the original off to records. I'll make copies ahead of time so everyone on the team can read along while we conduct the progress review. I make up to 7 copies of a 8-16 page document after the review somewhat regularly so everyone has their legally mandated copy. This is well before I get around to any lesson planning and making of materials for clinics. I also make my own data sheets (one per kid per day for tracking purposes), for 48-58 kids, depending on where my caseload is exactly at any given point in the year.
Green as I am in all sorts of other ways, I should buy stock in lumber companies.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-20 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, but we're software engineers. Everything is done by email or IM, we take our laptops everywhere, and the only mail I've gotten in the last year has been when I ordered something and had it delivered to the office.
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elgee_isaac
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Time:2007-11-20 03:07 pm (UTC)
I use all of these things every day. In the non profit, non tech world, they are not anachronistic. I send out and receive actual mail every day. I have an assistant and there is more than enough for her to do. I meet psychotherapists that either don't have email or don't want to give their email all the time.
Different worlds i tell you.
What about your office manager or admin person? I am sure that these people know about all this.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2007-11-20 10:37 pm (UTC)
I have the only working stapler in my office. It makes me popular from time to time.
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