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 corruptFrom: 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!