One of my jobs before cartooning full time was as a customer service rep for a small distributor. Our products had to be kept to extremely tight tolerances (often thousands of an inch) and even the tiniest mistake could end up costing a lot.
So we were required to triple check customers’ orders, orders going through the plant, orders for the required raw materials, quality control, etc… To add insult to injury, our computer systems were still of the green letters on a black screen variety, so it ended up being ungodly amounts of paper.
One especially crucial and time sensitive order had management’s attention, so I literally had most of the company asking me to keep them “in the loop.” It became so ridiculous that had I not done the above cartoon, I surely would have gone mad.
* * * * *
About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.