Thursday, February 4, 2010

Checking in... "Great Ideas"

So it's been 2 weeks. No clothing purchases.  Two weeks is easy...six months won't be, but I am determined. 

For the record, if I were to be offered a chance to interview for a fabulous new job, I would have to make an exception as I have no appropriate interview attire. I haven't bought a suit in 10 years and I have given most of them away by now anyway.  It would have to be a fabulous job too, (ie: something I actually love to do) rather than some type of worker bee position.

Anyway, just to document that I haven't lost focus on my reason for this blog - it wasn't started to support my clothing purchase moratorium - I will document what I did at work yesterday.


My company employs over 4k worldwide. (I think)  Very corporate.  (I adore the movie Office Space, by the way)  We have an internal program for submitting our own ideas regarding things that could be implemented for a positive effect on any number of business related realms.  Me being me, I often, comparatively speaking, submit ideas and they have actually implemented one and considered several for a while before punting, so I haven't done too bad. Anyway, I submitted a new one yesterday.

To be honest, and I was honest on the "idea" form I submitted as well, I stole the idea from another company. It's not the sort of thing that is considered intellectual property or otherwise.  I'm sure "my idea" is already used by many companies, especially the "greener" ones. 

So, I was reading an email from an outside company that was in response to a request I had made earlier and noticed at the very bottom it said  "Please consider the environment before you print this message."  I wasn't planning to print anyway, but the message made me stop and think about 17 (6) different things at once.

1. Woah, I like to consider the enviroment!
2. Now I really don't want to print this!
3. What if everyone in corporate land avoided printing just one thing a day?  (Or more)
4. I like the gentle way it's worded!
5. Why aren't we printing this on the bottom of our emails?
6. Why don't I send this one in?

Naturally, I won't get my hopes never know what the commitee will do, but I sure like the idea!  And it's a perfect N & D theWorld initiative!  (my rationale for the committee was 3 fold:  positive impact on world environment, cost and security)

We will see...

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