Hey. Want to know something (slightly, potentially, a little bit)funny?
I work at a university. When I got there, they printed business cards with my name, position title, phone extension, etc.. 250 of them. Don’t get me wrong; it was a nice gesture, and did a lot to make me feel like I officially belonged there and was an equal part of the team. But like, what in the world am I supposed to do with all of them?
My job isn’t the kind of thing. Someone either needs my help or they don’t. There’s no other option, no competitor that they could go to instead. I don’t need to advertise myself. And aside from that, I’m not even the main contact for students who need help from our office in general. We have a departmental email address and main phone line for that. Those are better to use anyway. Since all of us can respond using those methods, if I’m out of the office or away from my desk students can still reach someone. So what are my business cards for?
Here are all of the appropriate uses I have found for them so far:
-I gave one to the one person I liked at the one off-site training I attended that one time.
-When someone (usually a federal agent) comes in requesting a work verification (which is a service I am not authorized to provide, nor is anyone in my department), I can write down where they should get the info on the back of my business card They are supposed to ask for a business card anyway, to be able to trace back who sent them where.
Here are all of the inappropriate uses I have found for them so far:
-I label my lunch in the work fridge with one. Less wasteful than using a new post-it every day.
-I stuck one on my corkboard at home. Someday I’ll leave this job, and might care a little more about memorializing it via a business card than I do right now.
I don’t know, guys… I just don’t know.
More to follow.