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The do’s and don’ts of getting your own office

September 25, 2012 by Dave Hamilton


I arrived on a Monday, fresh out of school, at a respected mid-town agency for a 3-month internship tied to my schooling at Humber College. I was welcomed, and immediately led to a vacant office  – a window office no less – where I was to reside for the duration. I was also told to sit tight and the Account lead on TSN would be along shortly, to brief me on my first project.

A handsome young man, not much older than myself soon arrived, introduced himself and sat down. He was equal parts Don Draper and Patrick Bateman. He was friendly enough, but there was little eye contact during the briefing. Instead, the young executive’s eyes darted around my office taking in the space. He returned later that afternoon, under the pretense of dropping off some additional background. Again there was little eye contact, but continued scrutiny to the office and it’s furnishings; he even remarked on the rareness of both morning and afternoon sun, afforded by the high windows. Shortly after five, I was returning from the snack room with a Wunderbar and found this same executive in my office with a measuring tape. He’d thought I’d gone home; he excused his intrusion and then disappeared up the hall.

Tuesday morning I arrived and was immediately intercepted by the office manager. She informed me there’d been a slight change of plans and steered me to my new office: a former darkroom turned office furniture graveyard. It was under the stairs, and I was to rot there for 3 months minus a day. When I wandered over to see what had become of my former, sun-drenched digs I saw the TSN Account Exec, polishing the nameplate he was about to set down on his new desk. “John Miller,” the nameplate read. The same John Miller who is now Director of Client Services here at Grip. The same John Miller who has a window office, all to himself up on the sixth floor. Overlooking a park. John Miller who, as I write this, is being intercepted by our office manager and led to a room we used to call Bike Storage.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some measuring to do.

3 Comments on "The do’s and don’ts of getting your own office"

  • Steve
    September 25, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    It would be interesting to know how many people would have guessed John from the Don Draper/Patrick Bateman references.

  • Dave
    September 25, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    @Steve. That is in interesting question. I fear the Draper reference maybe throws people off the scent.

  • Brian Ross
    November 13, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    Best post on the slide by far!

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