This post brought to you by Contest Factory. All opinions are 100% mine.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of working in a line of gray cubes under fluorescent lighting for around nine hours per day when I worked in corporate America — but I was so grateful for the $72,000 per year it paid me before I abandoned ship the first time to stay home with my babies.
The whole concept of feeling trapped in cube hell came back to my mind the other day when my husband and I watched Office Space again — that amazing movie from 1999, so well-written and acted that people can’t help but relate to many parts of it, at least wanting to try some of the things the main character does when apathy and anger sets in.
One scene I loved is when Peter Gibbons, who longs for a view beyond the grayness of his cube wall, takes it upon himself to unscrew the cube wall and lets it fall. He exhales and sits back, finally taking in the view outside the company’s windows and life beyond his humdrum existence.
What does your cube look like?
These days, a full seven years since my name has graced the outside of a gray cube inside a corporate office, my “cube” can be just about anywhere 3G will take me — but mainly consists of places like my bedroom and living room, where I’m typing this now, staring out my picture window at Ohio streets and trees covered in the first real snowfall of winter.
But even though my office can go mobile — and I can blog via my Droid or iPad 2 devices, that’s not stopping me from entering the new Pimp My Cube Contest.
I’ve already registered with Pimp My Cube, and you should too — especially if you work in one of the “worst, most pathetic and messy” cubicles or offices they are seeking.
They want people to upload their own videos (from 30 to 60 seconds long) showing why their workspace is bad and how much they want the Contest Factory come in and “pimp out” their cube for the $1,200 grand prize, based on winning votes and other criteria for their video and best story.
There’s also a second sweepstakes prize of a $200 gift card that will be awarded randomly at the end of the content period, which ends on 1/31/12 at 12:00PM.
So visit the Pimp My Cube site and let me know when your video is up so I can watch it. (It helps to have your friends and family vote on your video to try and increase your chances of winning.) I’ll let you know when mine is up and approved — then we can check out each other’s workspaces.