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Old 08-19-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone else (I hope there are more) here really dislike the office environment?

Things I dislike about it:
Face time
Structure/Routines
Boredom

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Old 08-19-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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Does anyone else (I hope there are more) here really dislike the office environment?

Things I dislike about it:
Face time
Structure/Routines
Boredom

Noise
Smells
People
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #4
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What I hated most about the office were the constant interruptions. To be most effective I really needed uninterrupted stints of a few hours. When I worked late I actually enjoyed the silence and the dark windows.. got a lot done. Too bad coming in at noon the next day wasn't in the cards.

I loved it when we worked on a project for some folks in Europe; at least I knew they wouldn't be calling me every five minutes in the pm. Likewise the quiet mornings courtesy of the folks in California.

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Do ALL office microwaves smell exactly the same? Why is that? :-)
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1. You mean, besides working on ill-conceived, poorly executed projects and the managers who are responsible? I am so tired of working for morons.

2. No place to nap.

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Do ALL office microwaves smell exactly the same? Why is that? :-)
Because nobody EVER cleans them, wherever they are.
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Yup! It sucks.


I was zombified early on about about having high expectations ( I was in the military ). Having sufficiently low expectations make it a little less frustrating.


One thing is for sure... with FIRE in sight... I have become much less tolerant of BS.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:48 AM   #7
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Geese, W.C. heck of a thread to start the day on Mon... I have had a better set of co-workers in my past couple of stints...the current group are kinda whiny after having some budget cuts, which is another huge way to turn a good job into a sucky one...
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:00 AM   #9
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Meetings, meetings, meetings. They make me want to scream, as they waste so much of my time and when was the last time that something useful came out of them. I despise the time I sit in these damn things when I could actually be getting some real work done.
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Well, things were OK at my current gig, but I returned from vacation to find that a head dog requested a job description from everyone while I was away in the middle of a market crash. :confused:

Wondering if I will be telling a consultant that I love Michael Bolton some time in the near future...
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No windows or any indication of what is happening outside the building. Hot and stuffy or cold, no control over the temperature. So depressing.
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No windows or any indication of what is happening outside the building. Hot and stuffy or cold, no control over the temperature. So depressing.
I spent most of my years with the USAF in the basement of the HQ building (no windows) with the rest of the IT people.

Generals never came downstairs.
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Why do people have to drench themselves with perfume/cologne/aftershave?

On a calm morning, I could detect the scent trails across the parking lot.
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What I hated most about the office were the constant interruptions. To be most effective I really needed uninterrupted stints of a few hours. When I worked late I actually enjoyed the silence and the dark windows.. got a lot done. Too bad coming in at noon the next day wasn't in the cards.

I loved it when we worked on a project for some folks in Europe; at least I knew they wouldn't be calling me every five minutes in the pm. Likewise the quiet mornings courtesy of the folks in California.


Do ALL office microwaves smell exactly the same? Why is that? :-)

In 1998, while I was working for NASA, DW had surgery that involved a long recovery at home with much assistance needed. I got permission to telecommute for two months. Even with the time I spent helping her each day, I was WAY more productive than in the office. I didn't need to sit through long meetings, I only responded to urgent calls or emails and I was not interrupted by folks stopping by the cubicle to chat. While I was glad when she no longer needed me at home, I hated going back into the office environment.

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It's interesting working from home full time...

I visited the office last week and i got so much LESS work done - partly because i needed to prioritize the face time etc. i don't usually get, but the passersby saying hello, telling the same story a few times..it adds up!

But not having it at all makes you appreciate some of the benefits of the idle chat and getting to know people that way...
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On a calm morning, I could detect the scent trails across the parking lot.
It gives you time to hide when you DETECT the boss in the area.
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It gives you time to hide when you DETECT the boss in the area.
That's why I'm glad my boss usually has change in his pocket.
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I've got two problems with my current gig. Our customer points of contact are all just freakin' terrible to deal with, blamestorming incompetent liars who drive me crazy. My second problem is my coworkers consist of two groups, brilliant but overworked and totally incompetent and lazy. The latter group will never get fired because our company's stupid "lattice structure" makes nobody truly responsible for anybody, and you need 3-9 months of constant monthly "personal improvement plan reports" lodged with HR, weekly meetings with the employee, etc. etc. Nobody has the time to go through with it. My lead is trying to get someone canned right now, been trying for a year. He's not just useless, he's dangerous. Deletes files, makes unauthorized changes because he feels like it, it doesn't end. Hopefully I'm only in this gig for another 9 weeks, a position is opening up due to retirement back in my old department, it had it's flaws but is much, much better....
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