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Using Informal and Formal Status Symbols in Your… You want to get ahead in life and your career. Formal status symbols in a business setting tend to come with promotion. In other words, you have to earn them. They're badges of rank in the corporate army. Some of the most common ones are: - A reserved parking space next to the building - An office with a window (corner offices and those on top floors best) - Executive dining room privileges - Wet bar in office - Jacuzzi adjoining office - Blackberry email device supplied by the company - A private secretary - First-class travel privileges -designer lamps and furniture as well as LCD computer monitors Although you as a management standoff wantabee may not qualify for some of the above status symbols, you may be able to come up with reasonable facsimiles. Perhaps you do not rate a reserved parking spot right next to the building, for example, but maybe you canangle one in the reserved lot, which is better than hiking three blocks from the general parking area like the rest of the peons. Make it your business to say nice things to the secretary who handles such matters. It also pays to befriend people like the head of facilities and maintenance, who would be in a position to install a better office rug or wallpaper than you deserve. Check Dale Carnegie's timeless book How to Win Friends and Influence People for the finer points of dealing with such folks. You may decide it's politically expedient to spend your own money for things that the company will not supply, such as that Blackberry or that newest GSM cellular phone and high-class office furnishings. Outsiders, new employees, and casual visitors who do not know the difference will think your expensive trappings came with the territory. If someone is rude enough to ask, "How did you rate this?" just smile and shrag your shoulders. That adds to your mystique. Informal status symbols are another matter. These are often adopted by the informal organization, and their importance varies from one company or department to the next. For example it has been reported that some managers like to display computer software running on oversize LCD monitors as status symbols. The "authority" with such a "display" may not the first thing about these products and as well may be generally technically inept at any computer skills. As well think of a.