Fax machines: Look at that dusty clunker. When was the last time it was used? Besides by the accountant. Pawn it for a six pack to enjoy while you install a PDF document convertor on the bean counter’s computer. And take the fax number out of your email signature while you’re at it.
Closed office doors: A closed door gives a bad perception in a service industry like advertising. And if you don’t want people to hear what you’re saying, you may be an unprofessional employee, or a manager with no transparency.
Old creative on display: That ad from 1998 that everyone loved belongs in your archives, not framed on the wall by front reception. And that award from 1982? Yes, that big one that could kill a child if it fell from the top shelf you’re displaying it on. Put it in a box, and get working on an ad that will earn you an award in next year’s show. As Doug says, “We’re not a museum!”
Internal phone system: Get off your butt and go talk to your co-workers face-to-face. Much less miscommunication than calling them, and much more personable.
“I was going to say that!”: A small part of me dies inside when someone says this in a meeting after someone else makes a good point. You may have thought of it, but you weren’t fast enough or brave enough to say it first. Let the other person enjoy their well-deserved moment of glory. Onwards to the next great idea.
What would you ban?