Have you noticed the abundance of human billboards lately? Those guys/girls standing on corners wagging big sign boards begging you to come get a pizza, or more likely, to shop at a 50% off liquidation sale? I’ve seen plenty of these advertising engineers lately. They are not just carrying signs, but truly, signs of the times.
I cannot remember a time when I have seen so many of these people. It’s not just the Chik-fil-A cow, or the CiCi’s pizza hawker, or kids begging to wash your car for a little cash anymore. This profession is booming, at least in my community. I see these guys/girls on three out of four corners at major intersections most days of the week.
Not only are these jobs more prevalent, the requirements have become more rigorous. This job is for the quick thinker, the light-footed, the speedy and the coordinated. If you don’t have three out of four of these qualities, your career as a human billboard will be short. You won’t survive your first day on the job. Dancers, sign-guitarists (think air guitarists, but with signs – in case you had trouble figuring that one out … ok, probably you didn’t), and improvisational actors have taken second jobs as advertising engineers. Gone are the days when these sign-bearers just stood there, sweating and tottering and dying of boredom. These people are entertainers and athletes with stamina and personality. They dance, cajole, dip and curl, hip and hop for hours at a time. Well, I can’t swear to their actual hours on the job, but on days that I come and go, these same people are on their appointed corners performing their hearts out.
Ok, maybe they’re not all so enthusiastic, but perhaps we could learn a little from the ones who are. Maybe not dancing and singing around the office. If I did that, I know my boss would personally coordinate an on-the-job intervention with a mental health professional. If I could, however, take just an eensy bit of that same enthusiasm, and channel it a little differently… You know, just keep it all inside my head so no one is the wiser. Ooohhh, what fun we can have at work!!! Seriously, I know it’s all in the attitude, and some days I do have one. Some days I even have a good one!
Tomorrow is Friday, so my attitude is improving by leaps and bounds! If anyone has suggestions on how to make work at the office more fun, let’s hear it!!!