The trainee

This art project from Pilvi Takala is great. For a month, she was a trainee in the marketing department of Deloitte and did nothing. Really nothing. Sitting, staring, thinking, riding the elevator. The best bit of it all are the reactions from employees in emails to each other.

Masking laziness in apparent activity and browsing Facebook during working hours belong to the acceptable behavioural patterns of a work community. However, sitting in front of an empty desk with your hands of your lap, thinking, threatens the peace of the community and breaks the colleagues’ concentration. When there is no ready method of action, people initially resort to avoidance, which fails to set their mind at ease when the situation drags on.

More on the project.