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Friday, June 20, 2014

Memory of the Month: Miles of files

Files During my career, now in its fourth decade, I’ve seen a lot of things change here at GEICO. But there have also been some constants; for example, we’ve always been a data-intensive company. When I started here in 1984, our IT operations were more or less in their infancy. We were converting paper policy records to computer storage, but still had long rows of filing cabinets in many areas of the building.


That’s not the case now. Most of our data is digital and stored electronically these days, and rows of filing cabinets like the one in this 1970s photo are few and far between. This photo also shows another thing to which we can’t really relate around here anymore, but you have to look closely to see it. Look at the guy in the background. That black spot near his mouth is a pipe; he’s enjoying a bowl of tobacco while scouring the files for whatever he’s seeking.


GEICO went smoke-free a couple of years after I joined the company in 1984. I don’t know whether this chap was still with GEICO or not, but as a reformed smoker myself, I imagine he wouldn’t have been too happy when he couldn’t smoke in the office anymore. We now have spaces for our smokers outside, and I hope the brutal winter we just had helped some of them to quit!


GEICO wants us to be healthy, which I appreciate. The company now offers help and incentives to employees who DO want to quit smoking. I’m guessing the fellow in this photo didn’t see that coming.


So what sort of caption would you write for this photo?






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