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Green Room - Week 26 - Day 6

Yesterday, everything changed at work.

Well, not "everything", but a lot.

Due to a couple people quitting over the last few months, I had ended up with my own office. Which was awesome.

But the boss had been wanting everyone in "one space" - so she had asked everyone months ago if they could take the partition walls down. There was only 1 vote against this move (guess who) that she literally pretended not to hear (to the point that when I mentioned it yesterday she actually said that the conversation never happened - even after a couple coworkers told her that it did... but I digress...)

I'm a creature of habit who likes his space. ("creature of habit" - a guy who has ran a writing competition in the same place for over 11 years?? Say it ain't so!) You may have also gotten the idea that I'm change-adverse. I'll eventually get on board, but it takes me some time to get there.

As the walls were coming down, it felt really weird - but I figured I could get used to it... and then we were told to figure out "how we wanted our desks". Which lasted roughly about 10 minutes until the very first person to suggest something came up with an plan that didn't work logistically - at which point the boss told us how we wanted out desks... all in a line up against the back wall. So that when people enter our new office, we have our backs to them.

I don't think I need to spell out that I hate that.

It's funny, because everyone who comes in (well, almost everyone - a couple have pointed out that they would hate to have their backs to the door) has exclaimed about how "great" everything looks, and how "spacious" the room seems.

Which is weird, because why do you want a "spacious" office - with a lot of extra room that isn't being used for *anything*. (there is literally an entire side of the space that is going unused now...)

We lose wall space. Personal space. We gain, "a greater sense of team". At least that's what I've heard. I'm going to be optimistic and assume that will happen. Because there's no other choice but to be optimistic. It's going to be what is happening regardless of how I feel about it. ;)

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Speaking of things that are happening, regardless of how I feel about it - the poll is open and off to a *really* slow start: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1036872.html Which hopefully means that folks are mulling over their decisions.

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What has been getting on YOUR last nerve?

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murielle
Aug. 3rd, 2017 04:42 am (UTC)
I has no words. Hands you cookie.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 3rd, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
The migraine I've had the last few days.

Sorry about your office space. I once worked in an open environment like you describe. It's the current fashion in a lot of offices again, and they're terrible.

-favoritebean
xo_kizzy_xo
Aug. 3rd, 2017 11:46 am (UTC)
I'm lucky I've always been a "roll with the punches" sort because, in my line of work, things change every time you turn around. The only thing I get hatestabkill over is somebody messing with my equipment AND the way I place everything. Like, when I return to work, I KNOW I'll have to reset everything to my liking because one of the girls who's subbing for me drives me nuts with the way SHE sets everything. LOL.

And I get my sutures out this afternoon, woot!!! Maybe I can FINALLY get off those damn crutches?!? Please?!?
rayaso
Aug. 3rd, 2017 12:39 pm (UTC)
Facing the wall makes it seem like you're in work time out. When teenson was little, a teacher got fed up with his talking to other kids, so she had his desk face the wall. Then he got in trouble for talking to the wall.
halfshellvenus
Aug. 3rd, 2017 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ughhh... if it wasn't previously confirmed that your boss was an idiot, this whole sequence of events confirms it.

I am also change-averse, and like my space, AND am easily distracted by noise and visual activity. One of our higher-ups has a future goal of making our cubicle space low-walled, so things will be more collaborative! Also known as noisy and impossibly distracting. AND? We're engineers. Long periods of concentration are absolutely required for the job. HIS job entails going to meetings and talking on the phone, and he's rarely in the office at all. So really, he has no idea of his employees' actual needs. Everyone has expressed up the chain how much they hate this idea for our future. He does not care. :(

I hate having movement at my back, or basically anywhere I can sense or see. I would hate your current environment!

And you really ARE all in time-out. Because that seems to be your manager's mentality, in general. :(
ryl
Aug. 4th, 2017 01:00 am (UTC)
If open-layout offices are so great, then why aren't upper managments' offices laid out that way?
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