Ottawa (January 21, 2008) - Having a messy office is alternately viewed as a sign of genius, laziness, or of not caring enough to make the effort to "straighten things up a little so it doesn't look like a tornado ripped through here for cryin' out loud." Now, however, it's also the sign of a big payday.
MyFax, one of the leading Internet fax services, today announced the launch of its MyFax Messy Office Contest - an online search for the office or cubicle most likely to make the average neat freak go into convulsions with a single viewing. The company is even offering a $10,000 grand prize to the winner, along with additional prizes totaling another $5,000.
Of course, this begs the question: in a business world seemingly obsessed with efficiency, productivity and organization, why reward those who think filing cabinets are for putting things on top of rather than into?
"The neatness-challenged have been oppressed their entire lives," said Joseph Nour, CEO of Protus IP Solutions, which owns and operates MyFax. "Their parents yelled at them constantly to clean their rooms when they were growing up. Their employee review forms often make negative mention of the state of their offices. Co-workers shudder every time they have to walk into the space. Yet these brave souls persevere. We figure as long as they know where everything is in their offices, what's the harm? We want to celebrate their individuality, and let them know they're not forgotten - even if they are hidden behind the piles of three-year-old magazines."
To enter the MyFax Messy Office Contest, participants should go to www.messyofficecontest.com and upload a photo or video of their office between January 21, 2008 noon EST and February 25, noon EST. Each week, MyFax "mess experts" will select two finalists. The Grand Prize winner will then be chosen in an online poll. Results will be announced by March 5, 2008. For complete contest rules, visit www.messyofficecontest.com.
While MyFax itself is known for reducing clutter by allowing faxes to be sent electronically via an e-mail account or a secure server rather than on paper, Nour says the company isn't looking to "solve" the entire messiness issue.
"Anyone can have a neat and clean office," said Nour. "But it requires a real talent to keep an office that looks like a federal disaster area and still be able to function. Some of my finest executives fall into that category. We hope that the MyFax Messy Office Contest will help liberate these people from the sideways glances of others and allow them to take their rightful place in the business world, without fear of prejudice or others clucking their tongues at them."
MyFax is the fastest growing Internet fax service used by individuals, small, medium and large businesses to send and receive faxes using existing email accounts or the web. MyFax offers services in North America and Europe, including the United Kingdom to industries recognized among the fastest growing adopters of internet fax including finance, insurance, real estate, healthcare, transportation and government. More than 10,000 new customers subscribe to MyFax each month. Additional information is available at www.myfax.com and www.myfax.uk.com.