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Post-it wars spread to Swedish offices

TT/The Local/rm · 2 Sep 2011, 10:57

Published: 02 Sep 2011 10:57 GMT+02:00

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“We are going to think of even cooler characters and we are considering aiming them out towards Vasagatan and Klarabergsgatan,” said Bo Isaksson from an IT company located near the government buildings in Stockholm to the TT news agency.

Isaksson launched the creative project in Sweden last week. He had read a blog about the French Post-it war, which had started when employees created a picture out of post-it notes in the office window.

Isaksson liked the idea and when he had fifteen minutes to spare he made a pink Space Invader character to be displayed in the window.

“Then someone across the street responded. That was unexpected,” he said.

After that the competition was on and everyone in the office could give in suggestions as to what should be created next. The company's stock of Post-it notes in different colours was looked over.

Isaksson think that the game has brought both joy and energy to the workplace.

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According to his boss Mattias Hällström, the game may take some of the employees’ time away from other tasks but at the same time it makes up for it by creating a social togetherness that ultimately will increase commitment and productivity.

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Your comments about this article

13:11 September 2, 2011 by McChatter
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Isn't the word "war" just a trifle overdone? Later you use the words "game" and "competition" That would have been enough.
13:15 September 2, 2011 by BillyB
Looks like some people dont have much work to do.
13:52 September 2, 2011 by Stickeroo
@McChatter...get offended much?

@Swedes....work much?
16:29 September 2, 2011 by tadchem
So 'Silly Season" seems to have set sail for Sweden...
17:53 September 2, 2011 by Jeanette Clayton
Hate to be a killjoy, but I'm told post-its are particularly bad for the environment. Maybe this "war" was initiated by a post-it company ..?
22:03 September 2, 2011 by MarkinBoston
They always claim that things like this increase productivity. But they never show how. Does surfing the net for porn increase productivity as well?
10:59 September 3, 2011 by JerseyTjej
I need a job...will not waste time participating in non work activities..Head down, you know the rest (call me).
12:29 September 3, 2011 by johan rebel
Increase productivity? Putting in an honest day's work might do the trick!
15:37 September 5, 2011 by soultraveler3
Many Swedes have no idea what an actual day's work is when compared to other countries.

Workers should be taken care of, but when you spend half the day on breaks (breakfast, fika x2, lunch and smoking) and the other half working as slowly as possible in order to look busy, you're not getting much done. That's how it was everywhere I've worked and it's similar to everyone I know here as well.

It's no wonder they have time to have post-it wars, which btw, doesn't sound very environmentally friendly.
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