So, I came in this morning....



  • So I come in this morning, and... head back to the programming area, which is now... half empty.  The head of our department apparently moved his desk last night.  I work in a small company, with one little office that we're about to outgrow, and we don't have any room, so I thought "That's odd... I wonder where he went."  Now, to get a sense of the sheer scope of this particular WTF, you gotta understand that our "programming area" consists of a bunch of big file cabinets which are formed into a little rectangle to block the 4 of us off from the rest of the outside world.  I left that area, and came face to face with our conference room, which is now the head of IT's new office.  Which means the area I'm in now will be the new conference room, and they're going to be removing the formica countertop in the front of the office on which the fax machine sits, and that's where I'll be moved to.

     Whiskey.  Tango.  Foxtrot.  Over!

    What the fuck could possibly be good about removing the front work area (which is used OFTEN), making the "conference room" be formed out of large file cabinets, and using a HUGE amount of space that was the real conference room just for one office?  And no, this isn't because the head of IT is a jerk and was requesting his own office... it's because the head of the company is a jerk (and more importantly an idiot) and the only possible explaination I can come up with is that he's heading into his next manic phase...



  • Could be worse; they could've moved you to the bathroom ala American Dad...



  • Tell them to put you into the attic. I loved it when that was my office at a previous job. It was so quiet and secluded.. and NO ONE could sneak up on me.

    My current office is "The Fishbowl". All of our offices line the outer walls and have interior walls composed of glass panels. I'm at the intersection of two main hallways, so everyone always looks in at me (hence the name). But, I'm the only non-management person with a huge office. My desk is also huge. I call it "The Bridge". I changed out all of my peripherals with bizarre ones, such as a reprogrammed 5 button mouse with a large trackball. Whenever people try to use my computer, they look at me and ask "How do you use this thing?!". I simply state "Haven't you ever flown a spaceship before?".



  • Could be worse, current our conference room area is also where we store the rubbish, wouldn't it be fun if your office was moved there.



  • It was so quiet and secluded.. and NO ONE could sneak up on me.

     

    That's the problem!!!  Up until now I've been able to do stuff like surf digg and this site during the (many) days where I've already completed what the boss has given me to do but he's "too busy" to give me a new assignment...  I'm going to be moved into a place where EVERYONE will HAVE to sneak up on me ALL THE TIME.  Which means I'll have to find a better way to look busy during the long stretches between "I got it done!" and "Ok, here's your next assignment."  It sounds like fun, but I hate boredom... a lot.
     



  • @Atrophy said:

    I'm going to be moved into a place where EVERYONE will HAVE to sneak up on me ALL THE TIME.


    That sucks. At that previous job, when my boss (an "older" man) decided he didn't want to hike the stairs anymore, I got moved downstairs into a cubicle with my back facing the entrance. He would always sneak up and tap his pen against the metal frame. Drove me crazy!

    Before I got put into this office, I was stuck, once again, with my back facing the opening. The difference was that it was a communal cubicle with 4 areas - and it was tech support. I got moved to The Fish Bowl after I convinced the president that I couldn't get anything done with the yacking behind me and people coming up behind me and sitting on the desk or bumping into my chair. :-)

    Now I can visit my diversions without people staring at me. ;-)



  • @AbbydonKrafts said:

    Tell them to put you into the attic. I loved it when that was my office at a previous job. It was so quiet and secluded.. and NO ONE could sneak up on me.

    My current office is "The Fishbowl". All of our offices line the outer walls and have interior walls composed of glass panels. I'm at the intersection of two main hallways, so everyone always looks in at me (hence the name). But, I'm the only non-management person with a huge office. My desk is also huge. I call it "The Bridge". I changed out all of my peripherals with bizarre ones, such as a reprogrammed 5 button mouse with a large trackball. Whenever people try to use my computer, they look at me and ask "How do you use this thing?!". I simply state "Haven't you ever flown a spaceship before?".

    *bows before Greatness*



  • @AbbydonKrafts said:

    @Atrophy said:
    I'm going to be moved into a place where EVERYONE will HAVE to sneak up on me ALL THE TIME.


    That sucks. At that previous job, when my boss (an "older" man) decided he didn't want to hike the stairs anymore, I got moved downstairs into a cubicle with my back facing the entrance. He would always sneak up and tap his pen against the metal frame. Drove me crazy!

    Before I got put into this office, I was stuck, once again, with my back facing the opening. The difference was that it was a communal cubicle with 4 areas - and it was tech support. I got moved to The Fish Bowl after I convinced the president that I couldn't get anything done with the yacking behind me and people coming up behind me and sitting on the desk or bumping into my chair. :-)

    Now I can visit my diversions without people staring at me. ;-)

    When we had offices like that, we bought cheap convex mirrors for 1 USD at some discount store. A little adhesive backing, and bingo--instant boss detectors. No one could sneak up on us.

    As long as you checked your mirror (there were people who were more paranoid than me and consequently better at it.)
     



  • @Atrophy said:

    I'm going to be moved into a place where EVERYONE will HAVE to sneak up on me ALL THE TIME.  Which means I'll have to find a better way to look busy during the long stretches between "I got it done!" and "Ok, here's your next assignment."

    Ugh I'd hate that, and if there was no working around it, I'd be looking for another job. Some days I will be "in the zone" and steamroller through everything, but other days I'll need to kickstart myself into action a few times. If I didn't play the odd game etc. my productivity would go down, but some place would frown on/fire you for such things. Besides, I just couldn't live with my back to the flow of people, be that nosiness or a form of self preservation still inherent in my genes.

     

    However... if you can't get the issue shorted out suitably, a reasonable solution would be to either teach yourself a new language or work on some other project. After all, most people can't tell the difference between the code for the TPS report generator you're supposedly working on, and that game you're writing in your spare time.



  • classic.  brilliant, cap'n.

    other nifty mice

     



  • It has to be said...

    Milton Waddams:
    [talking on the phone]
    "And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I
    told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm
    quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've
    moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by
    the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but
    then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I
    kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept
    the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they
    take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."



  • Sometimes you just have to like being a freelance contractor.  I sit at home and have no one to look over my shoulder.



  • @Coder2000 said:

    Sometimes you just have to like being a freelance contractor.  I sit at home and have no one to look over my shoulder.

    Wait till you have a wife and some kids. If you still like working from home then, I'd start to worry.
     



  • @Lastchance said:

    Milton Waddams: [talking on the phone] "And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."

    "...that's the last straw..."

     

    Office Space rules



  • The company I work for just got sold, and because of some stupid clauses on the tenancy agreement, we have to move our 2-floor operation onto 1 floor. Yes, the building landlord would rather have an empty floor than someone in it paying rent...

    And now, we all have to fit on one floor. Up here I have two desks, as do the rest of the programmers. This is not a luxury. We need them. They aren't big desks, either. My first desk has papers, books, laptop, second screen and some other hardware wot we make. Second desk has a phone, laptop, monitor, KVM on it and 5 PC's underneath it. And I've got less than most people.

    Our productivity is just going to SOAR!
     



  • Right now, I'm looking at a Dell 1907, rotated 90. (It lets me see a lot more code that way; it's quite nice.) I'd like 2 more, but I'm not the one paying the bills here.

    I've turned everything gray. Firefox, Word, VS, CCS, Outlook, everything. I've disabled most images and Javascript.

    Why?

    I'm sitting in an "open cube" environment with dozens of other people. People walk behind me all day long. There are two people in my little "cube village" right now. It's totally lame. It's really hard to get work done when you can't concentrate.


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