Monday, February 08, 2010

NZ National Business Review: Leave your troubles at the door – and your shoes

NZ National Business Review: Leave your troubles at the door – and your shoes

'Leaving the shoe at the door to protect precious carpeting is an increasing sight in New Zealand homes, but it’s also becoming a more familiar sight in some of the country’s biggest offices.'


Jeremy Myers said...

I used to clean carpets. The amount of dirt and germs that get carried into the house on shoes is absolutely disgusting! This is why I always take my shoes off at the door!

Aside from this, the dirt from outside acts like little buzzsaws in the carpet, shredding it over time, which destroys the carpet. So just from a cost standpoint, it makes sense to leave your shoes at the door.

Keep up the interesting twist here!

Sandro said...

Not about offices, yet I thought shoes off at NZ homes isn't "increasing", but has always been a norm.

Celestial Fundy said...

Jeremy, you should know all about it.

Celestial Fundy said...

I don't think its a universal norm in NZ.

The Maoris all take their shoes off and I believe a lot of the European New Zealanders take their shoes off.

Moderate Mouse said...

I've heard of the idea of leaving shoes at the door being symbolic of leaving one's troubles at the door. Whether or not shoes are left at the door, there's one group of people that can't do the same with their troubles. I am talking about students of any academic level. Unlike someone who works at an office or a store who can clock out, go home, and not have to think about work until the next day, the obligations that come with being a student don't stop the minute that the last bell of the day rings. Often, when students come home, even if they take their shoes off at the door, and even if they change out of their school uniform (if applicable) they are basically expected to busy themselves with this thing called homework (whether it's something due the next day/class session or a major paper or project due in a couple of weeks or months at most), not to mention studying for upcoming tests (if not on a daily basis regardless). If one is enrolled in a music class (such as band or orchestra), one is expected to practice for that. (I was enrolled in such a class throughout middle school and high school.)

I'm not saying that such things can't be done in slippers or less. (What a person wears or doesn't wear on their feet or anywhere else on their body when they do any kind of prep work for a class is their business.) I'm just saying that for some people, what happens outside of the home can't always stay outsied the home.