HR Strange But True!
January 15, 2009

Are employees anxious about layoffs or just plain bored? Creativity through cubicle-based art projects may be the antidote. But don't tell the purchasing manager!

In a new book, Who Took All the Paperclips? Fun Things to Do with Office Supplies when the Boss Isn't Looking, author Rachel Rifat tells “worker bees” how to find inspiration, escape drudgery--and possibly save money--by creating projects at work out of things in their desk drawers or the supply closet.

According to the publisher, Rifat's illustrated how-to book is “a step-by-step guide to making clever retro-chic crafts out of the most basic office supplies” including:

  • A piñata out of Post-it ® notes (perfect for department celebrations)
  • Papier-maché figures out of toilet-seat covers
  • A Zen garden made from coffee grounds under a greenhouse made from overhead transparencies and coffee stirrers
  • A mosaic computer-screen frame made from shattered CD pieces
  • A pillow for naps from bubble wrap
  • A voodoo doll of the boss from mouse pads

So if your company encourages employees to recycle, this may be a great birthday present for a crafty colleague. However, if new supplies are being used (didn't this used to be called pilferage?), employees may want to keep their masterpieces out of sight of the purchasing manager, who may appreciate the supply budget, but not the fine arts.

Source: Running Press

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