Wednesday, December 08, 2004

General Office Fu

That's what the neon sign promises, in any case. I walk past it every Monday on my way to a yoga class, and each week I muse on what it might be. (If you look at the sign closely, you discover that rniture is burned out.) (A friend pointed out that this raised the age-old debate about whether it's that or nature that's the stronger force, but we discussed that in the last post.) So General Office Fu could be any number of things:

1. The malaise that besets departments or companies when a significant portion of the workforce is suffering from MDD (motivational deficiency disorder; it's not in the DSM yet, however). This is especially common in workforces that are beleagured in some way--not getting paid, for example, will definitely do it for you.

2. The crap that piles up in closets and unused cubicles and corners. This is especially prevalent when there's a fair amount of turnover, especially if people who leave aren't replaced. (I know from this case, believe me.) People who leave just kind of leave stuff behind--the detritus that wasn't theirs (or they didn't feel like taking) but that wasn't clearly garbage, either. If you have a colleague who's a pack rat (and, hey, who doesn't)--or you could be a pack rat yourself!--then the pile of accumulated stuff is (a) larger and (b) harder to disperse properly when the person leaves.

3. For a positive spin, there are usually a few people in any given office who can get things done, who can motivate other people, and not with fear. In this case, fu is a kind of mojo. (There you go--let's define one made-up word with another made-up word.)

And, hey, make up your own definitions!


Blogger Ann said...

General Office Fu might be an innovative martial arts technique administrative assistants use against unruly machines, including but not limited to printers, copiers, computers, staplers, and telephones. Also effective at warding off requests to buy candy bars and stationery from coworkers' school-age children, though this version is usually (but not always) administered as oral philosophy as opposed to physical combat.

Or perhaps the missing letter is actually "d," in which case General Office Fu might be the packages of food dispensed from vending machines in IKEA's employee lounge.

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