When I’m processing certificates, I am almost always overwhelmed by my desire for paper clips. My desk is small and I’m working with a couple of piles of paper all at once. This is the time when paper clips would be the most fantastic thing on the planet.
However, that part of my job only lasts for maybe an hour or two. The rest of my work day is devoted to waiting for the phone to ring. By midweek, I’m lucky if this happens twice in an hour. There tends to be a lot of down time, is what I’m saying. This is downtime during which I could and would make paper clip jewelry and give it to my coworkers. And then I would have no paper clips when I really needed them, and would ignore calls in favor of making lavaliers. And then I would be fired.
So I think I understand why they don’t give us paper clips at work. I think I need to bring the Disapproving Quail to work with me. It may be the only way to ensure my productivity.