Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More private sector/ non-profit differences

Working at an office, I often need to write things down. So I looked for a pen. There were no pens at my desk, and neither could I immediately find a supply closet. I wonder if this is a typical non-profit experience. I spoke to friends working for government agencies this summer who had interesting takes on the whole supply issues as well. In sum:

Private sector: Go to the supply closet and get a pen.
Government: Fill out a requisition form and wait six weeks to get a pen.
Non-profit: Pen? What pens? Bring your own pen and jealously guard it in case someone tries to commandeer said pen.

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