If you are a USA-based reader and actually reading this post the morning it was published, Tuesday July 3, 2012, then that means one of two things. One, you got stuck working the day before the 4th of July holiday while the rest of the office is busy getting their BBQ on; or, you are actually off from work today, are still messing about online, and apparently the action over on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest or wherever you like to waste time do research was not getting it done this morning.
Either way, whether you are here by choice, by accident, or by habit - chances are, on a warm, summer day-before-the-holiday morning, you might be just a little bored. Or maybe just a tiny bit tired or burned out and ready for a break. Or perhaps if you are a regular reader of this and other HR blogs you are DONE with #SHRM12 reports, reviews, reflections, and retrospectives. I mean COME ON, how many more of those can you read?
If you happened to miss one of the SHRM posts, don't fret, they were all, (including the ones I wrote), pretty much the same - SHRM was/is incredibly big, Malcolm Galdwell was cool, Seinfeld was funny, social media will some day be a big deal to normal HR people. I get it. We all get it.
So going with the assumption if you found your way here on July 3 you have to be at least the tiniest bit bored with whatever else you have have happening, I wanted to offer up a little distraction, something I stumbled upon over the weekend while I was processing all my learnings from SHRM trying to remember if I did anything embarassing at one of the parties.
So I offer up a link to a really cool set of images titled '100 Posterworks', by Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, and as you can see from the image on the right hand side of this post, includes at least one about, you guessed it, boredom. Seemed both fitting and cool as the images themselves, if you do take a few minutes to scroll through them, are anything but boring. According to the artists, "Through the posters we address philosophical questions, comment on political or artistic issues, quote, complain, poke fun and indirectly document our lives. They can be read as a kind of cumulative (and often contradictory) artist statement".
I am not sure about all that, but I thought they were pretty cool to look at anyway.
I hope folks in the USA have a fantastic 4th of July holiday, and to anyone reading in the UK, hey, no hard feelings?
I'll be back when I have something more interesting to write about than SHRM or whatever the latest buzz is on TechCrunch.