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Valentines from the help desk

Valentine's Day doesn't really exist in most workplaces, except perhaps as an opportunity to share some treats in the kitchen. What would it be like though, if we used Valentine's Day cards instead of emails or trouble tickets to communicate technology problems in the office?

Valentine's Day is here in the U.S., and a conversation with some coworkers about the holiday got me reminiscing about how we celebrated when I was a child in school. Every year, I'd decorate a shoe box or a paper sack with construction paper and markers. This would serve as my mailbox. Then on the big day my classmates and I would shuffle around homeroom, sheepishly delivering our little cards.

Valentine's Day doesn't really exist in most workplaces, except perhaps as an opportunity to share some treats in the kitchen. What would it be like though, if we used Valentine's Day cards instead of e-mails or trouble tickets to communicate technology problems in the office?

From: The VP of Finance To: The Help Desk

My computer has crashed

The screen has gone blue

When I have a problem

I'll always call you!

From: The Help Desk To: A Problem User

Cards are thoughtful,

Candy is sweet.

Your problem exists

Between keyboard and seat.

From: HR Manager To: The Help Desk

Hey, Computer Guy,

I chose you from many.

Now come to my aid,

There's no key labeled "any."

From: The Help Desk To: The Attachment Guy

I beg your pardon

Hate to interrupt

Your mail store is too large

And the queue is corrupt

From: The CIO To: The Help Desk

I'm sending this card,

You didn't answer my page.

Get the e-mail back online, or

You'll be earning minimum wage.

From: The Help Desk To: The CEO

We've been working too hard,

Tired of troubleshooting and Plug-and-Pray.

Save the cookies, save the cards

Send us on vacation this Valentine's Day!

[This post wouldn't have been possible without help from the dictionary at RhymeZone and the syllable counter at WordCalc. Happy Valentine's Day!]

3 comments
Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I had all but forgotten about the infamous shoe box and hoping for the significant card. Some neat memories were re-awakened. Thanks William.

DadsPad
DadsPad

Good post, made me smile :)

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