Many readers will remember some fun we had just over a year ago with my “Debs’ Drawers” competition on Twitter. This was prompted by a bit of fun arising from Debs Eden’s Real Careers interview, for which she cheekily provided a photo of her immaculately kept desk drawer.
I think that either some further friendly competition (or a bit Spring cleaning) may be on peoples’ minds, as I’ve been approached a couple of times in the last week or so about running a 2017 version of that bit of fun, in which readers posted telling shots of their workplace drawers … and some were awarded delightful prizes provided by two very gracious readers and their employers.
If I start seeing a number of photos tweeted to me (you’ll find a link to my Twitter feed near the upper right of your screen) with the hashtag “#DebsDrawers17”, we’ll let such a competition unfold organically. In the meantime, I’m wondering what’s on top of your desk.
This Weekend Poll is all about the hardware
If we think about disruptive technology, that’s exactly what the IBM Selectric represented when it was brought onto the market in 1961. I say this having read about the launch, mind you; it’s not as though I’d be in a position to know that from personal experience!
I can speak from personal experience, though, in saying that the Selectric was the typewriter of choice for decades before the advent of the personal computer. Any admin. professional whose career predates the introduction of PCs in the workplace will tell you how good we have it now compared to the days of golf ball typing elements (which were actually pretty exciting, in terms of technology) and carbon paper.
Intergenerational Mentoring/Knowledge Exchange
If you don’t know what I’m talking about here, make a point of inviting an admin. professional who’s been doing this since pre-1995 out for coffee one day. Ask her or him to tell you about the extra work one wrong keystroke entailed, and then you can bring that person up to speed on the latest app you’ve downloaded. Call it intergenerational mentoring, of sorts.
Will that be an ultra-wide, or dual monitors for you?
I know some admin. professionals whose desks house single, ultra-wide monitors that might span the length of one’s arm. In my office, I have dual monitors on my desk – and that’s been the case for years. The ability to cross-reference material from one screen to another, drag and drop documents, and more, is far more than a convenience. These monitors aren’t perks; they represent efficiencies and enable people to accomplish more than they otherwise could.
iPads, smartphones, Laptops, Netbooks and More
…. and the PC and monitors represent just my primary tools. When I attend meetings, I typically bring four pieces of hardware with me: an iPad to access meeting materials online, one laptop to screen materials, another to record the meeting, and my smartphone – just in case a participant is running late or stuck in traffic and wants to text or email me with such info. While not everyone will need two laptops when they record meetings, I suspect that many readers use multiple pieces of hardware in executing their responsibilities. This leads us to the focus of this Weekend Poll:
What’s the range of hardware on and around your desk?
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish results on Tuesday.