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Started at a new firm a couple weeks ago. No one is going into the office but I’ve started to. Brought a plant from home to make my office nice. Office manager came by and told me no plants allowed and I have to take it back. Also, nothing allowed on the walls. There’s free LaCroix in the fridge though, so there’s that?

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That’s so weird

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A few years ago my office banned plants because we had a fruit fly problem that was traced back to plants I think.

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Wtf. My office is crazy personalized. My walls are completely full. I have like half a kitchen in there. Why would anyone want to make my office less comfortable? Don't they basically want me to live there?

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Run lol

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If you try to put a picture on your desk and they tell you it’s not allowed, you’ve hit the trifecta of “we don’t let our employees personalize their space.” 😆

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Let us know when they tell you that your water bottle is unprofessional!

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I would totally bring in a new plant everyday - to basically start a collection- and just see what happens…

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I guess there’s no chance he was joking?!

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That’s ridiculous. I started a new firm last year and asked the office manager if I could take the plant from an empty office and she said absolutely. I never got around to moving it and one day I came in to find that someone had brought it into my office for me.

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If the issue is only with real plants, West Elm has some nice fake ones. With the added benefit of not having to worry about watering them.

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Ugh my old firm had the no art/pictures on walls rule too.

Weird and weird. What about your diplomas/license? Don't most places want you to display those?

There’s a Biglaw firm across that street that won’t let their attorneys hang diplomas in their offices. Why? They don’t want an atmosphere where people judge each other by where they went to school. Of course, this information is on the firm’s website, making the policy questionable at best.

It’s probably a rule established by the building owner. I doubt your firm owns the building.

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