Washington Post workplace columnist Amy Joyce takes note of the latest accessory
for cubicles: rearview mirrors.
"What does this say about us?" Joyce asks. "The mirror is an
object that shouts out, 'I don't trust you, you annoying coworkers of mine.'
Or it could be an item that tells a boss, 'You can't put one over on me, lady.'"
Then again, she adds, a mirror might be just the thing for those who are easily
It's easy to see why workers would resort to such a thing in today's workplace,
Joyce writes. "Most of us sit in cubicles, where we can't call the doctor
without a cubemate asking us later if we got that boil lanced yet. Where we
have to ask our neighbors to keep it down if we're on an important call, or
where we know our coworkers children almost as well as they do by staring at
the pictures all day."
Coworkers, she observes, "have turned into people to be wary of, and the
same thing with the boss. All things leading to that rearview mirror hooked
up to your computer, some say."