HR Strange But True!
November 01, 2007

With the holidays looming, are you dreading looking for coworker presents that are mere "instant and empty gratifi ca tions"? Good news--a California design company is offering "objects of cosmopolitan panache" as alternatives to all those "maudlin, Santa-infected" gifts.

From a self-described "shamelessly sunny perch on the left-hand coast," Venice-based Knock Knock, a stationery and gift company is trying, mostly with tongue in cheek, to produce noncyni ca l presents for your workplace friends. And the employees are having a good time doing it (like holding a ping-pong tournament in the parking lot).

The company philosophy is The Golden Rule, meaning that while employees are human and may sometimes be grumpy, tardy, or on work overload, they like their customers and try to get orders out right and on time.

And among the company's principles are some that are quite unique:

  • Ethics and decency are immeasurably important.
  • Problems should be discussed and resolved.
  • Good should be rewarded.
  • Commonsense is uncommon.
  • Humor makes everything better.
  • Passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm ca n make everything interesting.
  • Smartness is fun.
  • Renaissance prowess is more interesting than individual skills specialized to the point of contextlessness.

Believing that "idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, humor, controversy, and opinion are infinitely more interesting than corporate homogenization and committee-decision-making dilution," the company hopes to find customers of "likeminded sensibility" for its gift line of co-worker voucher books (fetch lunch, happy hour), stickies ("read this chart, you tool") and corporate flash ca rds "to help you speak like a suit."

Source: Knock Knock

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