Since every memo leaks in this annoying modern age, the way to handle potentially embarrassing corporate moments is what they used to call "in person," which means "face to face." Smart policy! That's what we hear Vanity Fair's managing editor Chris Garrett just did, when she went around to inform all the magazine's assistants that they were not allowed any personal items on their desks. Apparently not even back issues of the magazine are allowed upon these flat surfaces? This is odd, as the assistants' desks are behind cubicle walls, so you can't even see their desktops from the aisles. This policy was not necessarily in the service of general Graydon Carter insanity, but towards making the some recently emptied desks look as equally empty as those occupied by actual remaining employees.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009