Labor Day Intermission: A Gallery of Horrible Corporate Art

This is a cute baby in a brief case.

This is a cute baby in a briefcase. He looks pretty happy.

I hope all of you are enjoying the long weekend, at some point taking the opportunity to do nothing at all.  As Proust would attest, there are certain truths that only occur to us in moments of repose.

In my next substantive post I will be exploring the myth of “Work-Life Balance”—an opiate of a concept that, in my view, does not confront the critical questions we must ask ourselves in approaching our profession.

In the meantime, in searching for an appropriate graphic for the post, I came across this horrible series of vapid, uninspiring images that have been generated by someone somewhere to evoke the idea of work-life balance.  I think the inauthentic and somewhat desperate tone of these images speaks to the hollowness of the concept itself.

(To eliminate any ambiguity, the captions for all of these images are my own, not those of the image’s creator).

This is a comely young woman taking a break from snorkeling to work on her laptop.  Is this really a desirable scenario?

This is a comely young woman taking a break from snorkeling to work on her laptop. Life is good!

See, the fact that he's wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase shows that he's a professional, but the bike on a country road shows that he is still happy and free.

The fact that he’s wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase shows that he’s a professional, but the fact that he’s riding a bike on a country road shows that he is still happy and free.

Finding balance is like finding God.

Finding balance is like finding God.

Golden man abandoning golden wife and baby for giant clock.

Golden man considering abandoning golden wife and golden baby for giant golden alarm clock.

A recurring theme in "work-life balance art": the idea and the image of a woman juggling these various items is inherently distressing, but her smile says that there is way to manage it all.

A recurring theme in “work-life balance art”: the idea and the image of a woman juggling these various items is inherently distressing, but her smile says that there is way to manage it all.

Have examples of horrible corporate art?  Send them in!

And have a good weekend.

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7 responses to “Labor Day Intermission: A Gallery of Horrible Corporate Art

  1. severnyproductions

    interesting

    • Thanks severny – I wish I had a better vocabulary for describing things that are meidocre and yet horrible. I’m working on it.

  2. “…the fact that he doesn’t appear to have the right leg of his pants secured in some perforce-dorky fashion shows that he’s just begging for trouble.”

  3. The advancement of technology is also the death of privacy. Example, associate says to boss “Sure boss, I have coverage in Mexico. Feel free to call me on my honeymoon.”

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