When I entered corporate america, I believed employees solely utilized company purchased office supplies while at work. I'm not exactly sure when or where I acquired this assumption; however, it did make sense considering the number of zero's in the corporate office supply budget were far greater than the number of zeros at the end of my paycheck.
My eternal love of office supplies also supported this sub-conscious assumption, and made me even more grateful that a company would so willingly provide pens, pencils, notepads, etc. to it's employees! All things considered, I was very content to not spend a single dime on office supplies...but, was the corporate supply closet helping me, or hurting me? Was I unknowingly giving up an opportunity to put my best foot forward by not purchasing my own materials?
ONE DAY, DURING A RATHER LONG MEETING...