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I had this absolutely genius idea about two weeks ago because our companies power had gone out over the weekend and we walked into an icier than usual icebox come Monday morning. I was freezing and miserable all day. We had to stay because they did get the heat back on but it takes forever to heat up a building of our size. As I sat there freezing and pretending to work because the only thing I could focus on was my frozen toes, it came to me — how cozy and WARM would it be to have slippers right now? And then I thought, not just now, but every single day in the winter (or, at the very least, in December).
From here I as I pondered all throughout the day, I could only think of absolutely great reasons to do this. First of all, we’re about to be in the most unproductive time of the year. The month of December is pretty much a wash productivity-wise, my usually business-casual office even allows jeans during the month of December because they know people really just don’t want to be here and letting them be semi-comfortable will get them in their desk chairs more often than not.
And what goes perfectly with jeans? My slippers.
My office (and most offices) are a ghost town around the holidays anyway. Most of the people I see on a daily basis have kids and when their kids are off, they want to be off too. Since most of them have been here for forever and a day, they have the paid vacation to be able to do so. So who exactly is going to be here to complain about my slippers? Not Mary who sits down the hall and has five kids that she talks about incessantly and then complains about the music (low-volume piano-versions) playing in my office, that’s for sure.
The final nail in the coffin that brought me to the great decision to bring in slippers to the office was that my slippers are respectful and professional slippers. They’re not Santa slippers, they don’t say anything crude, and they’re not gross or dirty. This is key. They’re a nice light blue slipper with tiny polka dots and they come up to my ankles. The only person in my whole office to even notice them thought they were shoes and was just commenting on how cute they were. I informed her they were actually slippers and she thought it was an absolutely great idea. I expect to see her slippers here shortly. The only other person who knows is our HR guy, who’s a college buddy of mine, and he also thought it was a great idea and plans to bring his slippers in next week. He’s bringing in the moccasin ones if any guys are wondering what’s the move for them on the slipper front.
I will say this in regards to where I wear these: when I say “office,” I mean my personal quite small little square with my desk in it — not the whole entire building where I work. I’m not going into my companies president’s office in my light blue slippers, people, though the coffee station is right around the corner from my office so you will definitely find me in my slippers there.
This has been, irrevocably, the best decision I’ve made in the course of my short one-year tenure at my company. My feet are warm and cozy, I can sit criss-cross applesauce in my office desk chair, no one is the wiser (or just doesn’t care) and I must say, even in December, I think I’ve been quite productive now that I’m not shivering 24/7. If you’re stuck working in your office instead of working from home next to your snoozing dog this December like me, I highly recommend going out and getting a nice pair of slippers and bringing them into the office. It’s definitely the power move of December 2018. .
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