Please note: these are all personal blog posts dating back a million years.

the currency of office morale

companies try to do things to make their employees at least moderately pleased with coming to work for 40 hours a week. sometimes they offer free bagels, or celebrate a large project with a little continental breakfast get-together, even having a company picnic after which you’re allowed to knock off early. the one that gets me tho is as follows:
you get that little “new email notification” while in the middle of something important.
and it’s a pdf from the hr department with some reasonably incongruous graphic next to the content (which, for all intents and purposes, should be removed, and the text of the pdf should be simply emailed so i don’t have to launch another application just to read the email).
we joke about this as “jeans currency”; what the company thinks happens immediately following the receipt of the email is this:
what actually occurs: