If They Want To Give You An Office, TAKE THE OFFICE.Posted: March 14, 2013
My sister got promoted last week. She isn’t that excited about the promotion because she’s nervous about having extra responsibility and because she has known for a while that the promotion was coming. But she SHOULD be excited about it because it is a really big deal, and if she’s not excited about it she should at least pretend to be excited about it so that her boss doesn’t regret promoting her and then demote her. I’ve never been demoted but if I had to guess I would say that being demoted is not quite as fun as being promoted.
At first I was excited for her, but it didn’t take long for my excitement to turn to jealousy because I was supposed to get promoted in January and it hasn’t happened yet, and that’s just the kind of horrible, self-centered person I am. But it’s ok because my jealousy motivated me to confront my boss about the delay, which motivated my boss to confront HR about the delay, which I’m sure will accomplish nothing but it will placate me for a couple days.
Today my sister emailed me and told me that along with her promotion she was offered an actual office. With a door. But that she said that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to take the office because her cube has a window and she likes having a window.
My response: “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU IF THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU AN OFFICE TAKE THE DAMN OFFICE!!!”
This was my first ever all caps email and I don’t regret using it on this situation because desperate times call for desperate measures.
The reason she should take the office is not because she actually wants the office (or needs the office, or even thinks she deserves the office), but because having the office will change the way people see her. If all the other managers have an office and she is still sitting in a cube next to the co-op students, nobody is going to take her seriously. And she probably won’t take herself as seriously. Perks that come along with status in the workplace are not about what the perks actually give you, but about the way people perceive you. So you should always take the perks.
My sister decided to take the office and she claims that it had nothing to do with me “yelling at her over email”. There’s a high probability that she’ll develop a vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight and that she’ll shrivel up and die in her new office and no one will find her for weeks because of the door. But hey… if you want to be successful, you’ve got to take some risks.
(PS. This Saturday, March 16th, is Mary’s Birthday. And she really likes it when people acknowledge her birthday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY big sister! I love you!)