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If the Supply Cabinet is Locked, Quit Your Job


Robby

Seriously. If you can’t get a fresh pen or a notebook without talking to your boss, that’s a good sign that just about everything is wrong at work.

There’s an old saying that “locks are for honest people.” This is to say that locks are a message not to be too curious about something which might be dangerous or easily damaged. But there’s nothing to worry about in a supply cabinet. After all, what could be the total investment here? A few hundred dollars of paper, pens and staples?


A locked supply cabinet is a sign of a lack of trust. It says that we expect people to steal from the company, so we are going to make it difficult to do so. But if you think employees might take home a few paperclips, why do you think they won’t slack on the job? Why do you think they won’t reveal secrets to competitors? If management really does not trust employees with office supplies, how do they feel about their workers overall?

If you find that your boss does not trust you, you should leave the company. There’s no room for advancement and no real opportunity in a place where you are constantly being watched and constantly being locked out of anything which could be used incorrectly. You probably should seriously weigh this same consideration if you have a computer that is monitored for Internet usage or a policy about making personal calls using the work phone. It’s just not possible to be very productive in an environment where there is no trust.

If your supply cabinet is locked, quit your job.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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