Social experiments can be fun, even if they are at a small personal cost. Please view Dan Ariely's excellent TED talk for some more ideas after reading ...
In my case I have bad news for my Social Experiment that I have carried out at my customer Client site where I predominantly work.
This week I have been subject to 2 thefts
- My Weather Station
- My Shower Gel
I keep (well kept) a Weather station in the office to precisely monitor the external temperature and pressure. This helps me get the right clothing on for my return home or leave early if thunder is probable and I'm Cycling.
I keep (well kept) large shower Gel containers in each of the 2 Corporate showers so that if anybody had forgotton theirs they could use mine.
Both items stolen (the 2nd shower gel remianed so it was not security taking it away)
So what are the learning points?
- I have to report the thefts at Work, totally wasting my time
- I lost about 50 CHF (60 USD)
- More significantly the time to order the Weather Station (from Hong Kong) , pay for it ,bring it to work, visit IKEA for the Shower Gels ... is all lost
- The shower thief causes me not to place my communal Gel there.
So the majority loses at the expense of the selfish thief.
- I lose because the shower gel is heavy and that's my lazy reason for leaving it there (experiment not withstanding)