Let’s spend a few moments on office etiquette. For the most part we have a reasonably congenial office atmosphere here in our California offices. Like most offices in corporate America, we occasionally have an office attire problem but since I stopped wearing shorts and sandals, those have nearly been eliminated. I believe I was being objectified anyway. In our current office setting everyone seems to get along…well, not me of course, but almost everyone else. As I age, I am content just to raise the bar on “not a people person” to an almost unapproachable level.
Anyway, I realize many of you are too young to remember the old days before smoking became illegal, smokers became pariahs and we relegated those who couldn’t kick the habit to the great outdoors where they lurk smoking, looking like well-dressed hobos around a garbage can. In those days the most important desk accessory was an ashtray and if you stood up from your desk, your head disappeared in a cloud of smoke. Nowadays most of the odors come from the office kitchens. Here, we have a kitchenette and refrigerator on each floor and we seem to share the space in the fridges fairly. By that I mean I have my shelf and everyone else is afraid to touch my stuff. After decades in offices, that’s my policy. We seem to be pretty considerate of others because when people bring crap for lunch like tripe, pad se yuck or haggis, they keep the lid on tight so I don’t have to smell it but I’ve been in office settings where lunchtime smells like an outdoor market in Bangladesh. And since offices now represent most every culture found in America, you never know what it will be like. Some days it can be quite pleasant and many foods seem to complement each other but if you just took your stuffed grape leaves out of the microwave and somebody slides in a bratwurst, by the time those smells collide you can walk away smelling like an outhouse in West Virginia. Seriously, in some offices you may be safe when the food is in the fridge but once it goes into the microwave, the odors emitted by those foods waft in the area and they end up clinging to your clothing like a 3-year old child so by the time you get home, you feel like moving to a sewage treatment plant just to get some fresh air. And if you bring your lunch and then decide to go out, don’t forget to get rid of it…especially on Friday. It was probably past the “sell by” date when you brought it and you’re thinking it can make it through the weekend but when you come in on Monday, those meatballs have turned into a science experiment.
My other issue, as if I only have one, is with sinks. When I go to wash my hands in a kitchen or bathroom, I don’t like the area to look like somebody just gave a Rottweiler a bath. In past years I’ve stepped up to some bathroom and kitchen sinks in office settings that look like a levee was breached. How hard is it to keep the area reasonably clean and dry? You shouldn’t need the towel guys who run out onto the basketball court every time a bead of sweat falls off a Laker’s nose to wipe down your kitchen. You’ve got one faucet and a giant basin that is, believe it or not, designed to keep the water in, so the area should never look like you just hosed down a giraffe.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC is always cooking up something new and our Holiday Flyer will be out next week. Four new brands and many new items from our collections and brands to help your clients celebrate milestones, anniversaries, shows or launches that will keep the celebration foremost in their minds. From crystal awards and designer pens for anniversaries, retirements, speaker or holiday gifting to pens and keychains for product launches, giveaways and thank-you gifts. Products you’d be happy to bring to the office. And we know your clients test you with price, delivery and detailed logos so we know what we can do with our products and how you can use or market them. IMC knows our products are here to support your client’s event and we’ll be honest about what we can do in terms of pricing, decoration and shipping so you can make your customer happy. IMC has products to make you look and feel good and we continuously bring new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry. These brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. IMC is a recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a winner that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the available product in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the unique offerings from Leuchtturm and Finelife. And take a look at our newest retail brand Filter2Go because it’s great for summer promotions. So, look for our 2013 Holiday Flyer in August to help you plan your seasonal promotions. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…are you next in line?