Two words: Supply Room.
I seriously underestimated how exciting office supplies can be. I mean, I’ve always loved shopping for school supplies, but I didn’t think that it would carry over to grown up life. The thing is, when you grow up it’s even better, because you go shopping for free!!! You just walk down the hall, and enter the room of endless possibilities. I can get sharpies of EVERY thickness and EVERY color. None of this black and blue ball point pen only, I basically have the whole STAPLES® pen/pencil aisle at my disposal. If you don’t see what you want, Kathy (the file room assistant) will let you order from the STAPLES® catalog. She ordered me a entire set of my favorite pens (OptiFlow). When they arrive she is going to deliver them to my desk. Fantastic. I love Kathy.
There are, of course, other supplies besides pens and pencils. Hi-lighters, notebooks of every shape and size (even the sexy eco-friendly ones), file folders of varying sizes and colors, paperclips of all varieties, post-it note bricks and cubes, presentation folders, engineering graph paper (unfortunately, not the legit kind, just the printed graph paper kind, but still…), tissue boxes, and lots of other stuff. It’s great. Recruiters should definitely place the ‘office supply room’ next to the the ‘health and dental benefits’ slide in the presentations they give at recruiting fairs. I’d base a job decision on stuff like this.
I’m off to a meeting, today my notes are going to be in pink and blue ultra fine point Sharpie®.