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[#] Thu Jan 25 2018 16:16:17 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Actually what I really wanted to say is that time is relative. My uncle's a stopwatch.

[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 05:36:56 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I want to say that time flies like a banana, but I'm concerned I'm mixing something.

[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 13:07:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What's it like to be drunk?

Ask a glass of water.

[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 13:16:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I don't want to get overly savage about it, but I've never had the
opportunity to legitimately write "like the color beige in a cubicle
farm somewhere in Corporateville" before.

Nowadays you're lucky if you get a beige cubicle.

In modern office floors, you're either in an "open plan" workspace with no privacy, or in some weird post-apocalyptic millenial farm with beanbags and neon lights. But at least there is finally a move away from bad fluorescent lighting.

[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 13:54:22 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Not where I work.

Beige. Fluorescent lighting. Never-ending technical problems with the phones.

[#] Sat Jan 27 2018 00:00:33 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I finally live much closer to where I work. Office has gotten much better as a result.

[#] Sat Jan 27 2018 23:00:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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aahz - how long have you been working from home? Did you start before or after I did? I'm a little over two years in now, and I'm finding that I am starting to get a bit of cabin fever at this point. I do have an office to go to, but it's become a shell of its former self from a "be with people" perspective (the business is growing but there aren't a lot of interesting people at that location anymore).

fleeb - last time I was in an cube farm, those of us who didn't like the fluorescent lights kept the ones over our desks either empty or fitted with dead tubes. A desk lamp with a warm bulb and some green plants can really transform the space. Years later, after losing my corner office, I was in a room with four cubes in it, and we all just agreed to keep the overhead lights turned off.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2018 22:19:33 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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IG - I started working from home part time in 2011. I've been doing it almsot constantly full time since the last move in 2012 or so.

I could go to offices, but really don't want to waste the time in the car.


As to cabin fever.. That's something real that can happen. I know there are days where I sit down at my desk and feel like I never left. But the truth is that would happen wherever I worked. It's the work you do, not from where you do it.

[#] Mon Jan 29 2018 15:35:21 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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As to cabin fever.. That's something real that can happen. I know
there are days where I sit down at my desk and feel like I never left.

But the truth is that would happen wherever I worked. It's the work you

do, not from where you do it.


I still have trouble working from home. Just too much to easliy destract me from what I'm doing.

I live close enough that even small things I tend to run in instead of doing them from home.

I also like the separation.

[#] Sat Feb 03 2018 19:35:32 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I worked from the "real office" for three whole days this past week.  That might rival the number of days I was there all of last year, where I spent more time in our other locations than I did in our local office.  But I'm currently on a project involving that location and a bunch of us spent a few days there to collaborate.

While there, a Certain Problematic Person did his best to remind me why he is the reason I don't go there anymore, by unleashing holy hell on me in a verbal tirade blaming me for something I wasn't even involved with.  He didn't bother to check whether he was on a speakerphone, though, and several other people including a fairly high ranking manager heard it.

He isn't a threat to me anymore, but he's still a nuisance, still toxic.  Long term it's not going to serve him well.



[#] Mon Feb 05 2018 08:40:13 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Such people find themselves in trouble when the company itself starts to have problems. They're one of the first to be let go when the belt tightens.

[#] Mon Feb 05 2018 14:19:56 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2018-02-05 08:40 from fleeb @uncnsrd

Such people find themselves in trouble when the company itself starts

to have problems. They're one of the first to be let go when the belt

tightens.



Weasels have a way of surviving.

[#] Wed Feb 07 2018 13:07:00 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The ones in management, yes.

The ones not in management, less so. They weren't weasle-enough to survive.

[#] Mon Feb 12 2018 12:08:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This one's a survivor, but his luck is going to run out at some point. For confidentiality reasons I of course won't go into the specifics.

[#] Wed Feb 21 2018 13:18:14 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Looks like my boss is shifting into sales, while a newly promoted manager who knows nothing about software development will be tasked as my manager.

I get along well with the guy, but... I may find myself having to spend extra time explaining dev-related things.

Layers of 'yikes' involved... like, how effectively will a person who has defined his career as a manager of software development close a sale?

You can hear the boots... the march... into... .

[#] Fri Mar 09 2018 09:37:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That sounds like a recipe for a train wreck. Bring popcorn.

Some of the best teams I've seen have one person who really knows the business and sales side of things, and one person who is a top notch technical expert in whatever field the company operates in. Pairs like that tend to work really well.

I'm back in my broom closet today. Evidently some sort of company-wide policy is being implemented to end most of us working from home. My boss (and his boss) are not too happy about this, because they know that there is zero benefit from me being up here, no contact with other people outside of the phone and computer. I'm thinking we'll probably settle back out eventually.

[#] Fri Mar 09 2018 09:55:02 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ugh.. IG - really?? My guess is someone seriously screwed up and was not successful at working from home. But companies need to recognize the difference between an individual and everyone.

[#] Fri Mar 09 2018 12:02:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's more like, a couple of managers were let go who had permitted too many people to work from home, and everyone's being reined back in. I'm going to be here for a little while and then will try to wiggle back out of it.

[#] Fri Mar 09 2018 13:44:41 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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We'll have to grab lunch now that you're back in the neighborhood.

[#] Fri Mar 09 2018 13:58:44 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, we went through that.

The wrong folks worked from home... er, 'worked' from home, and got caught.
It caused everyone else to have to come into the office.

Then, they moved the office, and as a consolation, allowed us to work from home again... which is where we are now.

None of us abuse it. Mostly because there aren't enough of us left to hide if something doesn't get done, heh.

But, yeah, we have a train wreck on the way. I am mildly curious how this is going to end... will the product I work on get sold off to folks who will actually give a damned about it, or will everything just kinda go up in a puff of 'blah' and we all lose our jobs?

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