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(CNN)   We're gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B. We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could just go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific   (cnn.com) divider line 176
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2011-02-08 08:31:53 PM
www.mikeoliveri.com

/set the building on fire
 
2011-02-08 08:54:41 PM
The fact that the average persons work space is decreasing while management offices is increasing is another sad reminder of what companies think of their average worker.
 
2011-02-08 08:58:09 PM

F*ck the grunts, how original.

"Our employees are our greatest assets."
 
2011-02-08 09:07:13 PM
Meanwhile obesity increases.
 
2011-02-08 09:07:59 PM
You only have to worry about your shrinking cube until they fix the glitch.
 
2011-02-08 09:08:04 PM
Well, uh... tough shiat, desk jockeys.
 
2011-02-08 09:08:18 PM
Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.
 
2011-02-08 09:09:14 PM
get the rope...so i can hang myself

/but if i say anything negative about our corporate overlords i'm an unamerican socialist commie asshole
 
2011-02-08 09:10:27 PM

Penman: Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.


You shoulda put quotes around 'working' for additional sarcasm.
 
2011-02-08 09:10:44 PM
Please post that _Dilbert_ about the status-sensitive cubicles.
 
2011-02-08 09:10:53 PM

Bunnyhat: The fact that the average persons work space is decreasing while management offices is increasing is another sad reminder of what companies think of their average worker.


Came in here to say this, glad to see it's been covered.
 
2011-02-08 09:11:05 PM
I dream of one day having a cublicle, and not some dude's ass in my ear as he talks to the guy next to me w/o any regard to personal space.

/fark deskspace along a wall
 
2011-02-08 09:11:16 PM
The word "cubicle," which emerged in the 15th century, is derived from the Latin word for bedroom

How appropriate for me. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ *snort* ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 
2011-02-08 09:11:20 PM
I figured they'd all start moving to the open format, no cubes. Too much privacy in cubes, the manager weasels can't see what you're doing at all times.
 
2011-02-08 09:11:20 PM
lesstewart.files.wordpress.com
/a sad sad read...
 
2011-02-08 09:11:51 PM

Penman: Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.


Depends what you mean by lucky.

A sedentary job is horrible for your health. Sure, some folks don't like actual 'labor', but at the same time sitting behind a monitor all day long has some long term consequences.
 
2011-02-08 09:12:28 PM
So, my company moved into new office space a few years ago. Everyone with an office got a filing cabinet and a printer. Both sit largely unused in my office (when I do print, I use the toshiba copier/printer station where I can do double sided printing).

We did put in a ton of conference rooms and they all have 65" HD monitors. So, more people spend time in there than in their own cubes.
 
2011-02-08 09:12:43 PM
Cubicles? What a nice, distant memory. Nowadays they have us sitting at long tables with no privacy whatsoever. Thank gawd for the dawn of the mobile workforce; with my next assignment I'll only need to come into work once a week or so and get paid to work in my spacious home office.
 
2011-02-08 09:13:22 PM
Did you get the memo?!
 
2011-02-08 09:14:07 PM

ihatedumbpeople: Sure, some folks don't like actual 'labor', but at the same time sitting behind a monitor all day long has some long term consequences.


The hell you say. You mean counting your job as an exercise in physical labor is a benefit, rather than sitting on your big fat ass all day long?

Paint me surprised.
 
2011-02-08 09:14:07 PM
We all speak a common language. A language that allows us to share concepts, ideas, and feelings as the result of a universal medium of cultural experience. And that language is "movie."
 
2011-02-08 09:14:26 PM
as someone who hasn't had an office or cubicle since 2004, I'm getting a kick...
 
2011-02-08 09:14:38 PM
Why not just let the desk jockeys have their desks at home?
 
2011-02-08 09:15:28 PM
Office with a door, divider to split off from the office mate, wrap around windows, six food wide desk.
 
2011-02-08 09:16:24 PM
i'm glad i don't work with people who think space == status. get with the '90s, people! modern technology makes physical office space not very valuable.

in the future, everyone will drive to work and work while sitting in their cars in the parking lot. also in the future, we're all farking retards.

i don't know what my point is.
 
2011-02-08 09:16:57 PM
With flat screens replacing clunky monitors and the growing popularity of wireless products, such as such as laptops, iPads and BlackBerries, some managers say cubicles no longer make sense for workers who don't need to be tethered to their desks.

Makes me think of "Snow Crash"... the Feds, where the first workers to get to work in the morning grabbed the desks closest to the door, and so on. So the bosses just looked at who ended up at the desk furthest from the door the most often, and disciplined them for not showing up for work an hour early like everyone else.

Having a personal space, even a small horrible one, is probably one of the few comforts left for the average office drone these days.
 
2011-02-08 09:17:02 PM

clovis69: six food wide desk.


That's probably more realistic than you originally meant it to be.
 
2011-02-08 09:18:17 PM

Penman: Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.


Unemployed or unemployable?
 
2011-02-08 09:18:27 PM
I need my cube for my toys, rations and personal breakdowns....that is all.
 
2011-02-08 09:20:51 PM

vabeard: Unemployed or unemployable?


Aaaaaand another clown who has no idea what skilled labor can pull down.
 
2011-02-08 09:21:17 PM
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...
 
2011-02-08 09:21:30 PM

clovis69: ...six food wide desk.



That's especially good for early in the morning, when you're supposed to be eatin' breffis or sumpn'.


/wooWHOOOH
 
2011-02-08 09:21:37 PM

ihatedumbpeople: Penman: Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.

Depends what you mean by lucky.

A sedentary job is horrible for your health. Sure, some folks don't like actual 'labor', but at the same time sitting behind a monitor all day long has some long term consequences.


Then learn to like labour, fatty.
 
2011-02-08 09:21:39 PM

findthefish: I need my cube for my toys, rations and personal breakdowns....that is all.


Personal breakdowns are theft of company time, you Goldbrick.
 
2011-02-08 09:21:48 PM

Bunnyhat: The fact that the average persons work space is decreasing while management offices is increasing is another sad reminder of what companies think of their average worker.


If your value as a worker is only worth a phone booth of space then that is what you will be given. If it is worth more then perhaps you should go talk to your boss about it. I do and he and I work something out fairly easily.

Wages and benefits tend to fall in a recession. Whining about it won't solve it, growing the economy will. When we stop growing the government then we can probably get around to growing the economy again and you'll get your bigger cube.
 
2011-02-08 09:22:27 PM
Most places could do away with a huge amounts of office space costs if they would just issue everybody a laptop and let people telecommute the majority of the time.

The problem is that there are alot of paranoid managers that dont like their employees working from home. These management types are also the same people who like to conduct a lot of useless meetings.
 
2011-02-08 09:22:32 PM
www.old-picture.com
 
2011-02-08 09:24:22 PM
Have one, use it rarely. 4x4 F-250 is my second office, and it needs cleaning badly.
 
2011-02-08 09:25:21 PM
The article is a perfect metaphor for the system as a whole.

Not too many years ago, the CEO on average made only 40 times what the guy in the mailroom made. Now it's 431 times greater.

The ratio of average CEO pay (now $11.8 million) to worker pay (now $27,460) spiked up from 301-to-1 in 2003 to 431-to-1 in 2004.

If the minimum wage had risen as fast as CEO pay since 1990, the lowest paid workers in the US would be earning $23.03 an hour today, not $5.15 an hour.


The rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer, but lets give the rich tax breaks. They need them!
 
2011-02-08 09:25:27 PM

Crosshair: Bunnyhat: The fact that the average persons work space is decreasing while management offices is increasing is another sad reminder of what companies think of their average worker.

If your value as a worker is only worth a phone booth of space then that is what you will be given. If it is worth more then perhaps you should go talk to your boss about it. I do and he and I work something out fairly easily.

Wages and benefits tend to fall in a recession. Whining about it won't solve it, growing the economy will. When we stop growing the government then we can probably get around to growing the economy again and you'll get your bigger cube.


I live in a government town. The government IS the economy. And there's no recession here. For now.
 
2011-02-08 09:25:35 PM

findthefish: I need my cube for my toys, rations and personal breakdowns....that is all.


And for some privacy while you fart. Farting's important.

Which brings me to the double-edged sword of increased privacy. In an office, you can fart in complete privacy, but if someone walks in, they know you farted. Of course you can close the door.

In a cube, there's plausible denial, but it's usually attributed to the correct offender. In a shared workspace, nobody knows who farted. So ironically, you're the most free to fart when you have the least privacy.

Which is why it's company policy not to imply ownership in the event of a fart. We use the indefinite article: "A fart". Never "Your fart".
 
2011-02-08 09:25:36 PM

spookidooki: Why not just let the desk jockeys have their desks at home?


Because then the managers couldn't stop by your desk every hour to harass you because you don't look busy enough for their taste.
 
2011-02-08 09:25:55 PM
I'm guessing the result will be more office shootings from people who simply can't tolerate the increased background noise of people arguing with spouses, obviously cheating on spouses, or talking to their doc about their hemorrhoids.
 
2011-02-08 09:26:01 PM
Sounds like some of you have a bad case of the Mundays...
 
2011-02-08 09:26:12 PM
It's all about the office environment. I have a large cube in an office by myself now that they've cut staff. It sounds good, but it's not. No working from home, even though it's technically possible. Sure you get lunch, but there's no where to go other than Wendy's. Not allowed to put personal items on the walls. One printer for 8 staff, and it's also our copier. We use office 2003. Who still has office 2003? The worst part is that the rest of the community thinks everything is top of the line, like were spoiled because the company cars are Priuses, which I never take because it's one car for five staff. It's all about the image.
 
2011-02-08 09:26:17 PM
Hmmm, let's see. First, I had a spot in an open area between a bunch of real offices. Then I shared an office. Then I had a cube in another open area, and after that I got a teeny tiny office of my own. That was three years, and I got another job.

I started with my own office. Then we bought someone out and I got a large, if worn, cube. Then I shared an office again while we worked on a special project. That was two years, and I moved on to being a contractor.

I had a really nice large cube, a teeny one, shared an office with three other people, shared a cube with someone. That was about three years and three contracts.

My last job, I had an office for two and half years. I got RIF'd in 2003 couldn't find anything for me, decided to retire, and now I work at home, taking care of my wife and kid.

/I am an incredibly lucky SOB
//CSB
 
2011-02-08 09:26:41 PM

i244: The problem is that there are alot of paranoid managers that dont like their employees working from home. These management types are also the same people who like to conduct a lot of useless meetings.



They're not paranoid. There are a lot of people who can't be trusted to produce w/o supervision, unfortunately.
 
2011-02-08 09:27:09 PM

spookidooki: Why not just let the desk jockeys have their desks at home?


Oh, that is pretty popular these days. Probably 1/4 of the homes in my neighborhood have a home office, as in one that is actually used by a full time employee. Even surprisingly senior people will be in them, doing conference calls and shiat. I even tried to organize something like a weekly coffee, but it never gelled.

I hated working from home and needed to hire people, so I moved out. Now I pay less for a 5 room office suite plus phone, net, utils, than I did for the space charges on my single office at my last job. No home office deduction but meh whatevs.
 
2011-02-08 09:29:01 PM

A Fark Handle: /a sad sad read...


How does she get that crap published. Didn't read this one, but I read most of Nickel and Dimed. Horrible. If her thesis is "watch what happens when people make the worst possible decisions about their employment" then she did a great job. And she bashes Walmart yet doesn't actually have a clue about why people work there.

i244: Most places could do away with a huge amounts of office space costs if they would just issue everybody a laptop and let people telecommute the majority of the time.

The problem is that there are alot of paranoid managers that dont like their employees working from home. These management types are also the same people who like to conduct a lot of useless meetings.


Or they're simply incapable of thinking differently. My group travels 90%. So we work in airplanes, hotels, clients' sites, etc. But, can we telecommute? Nope. Against corporate policy. We work wireless everywhere... except our own facilities.
 
2011-02-08 09:30:58 PM

Penman: Wah wah wah. If you get to sit down while working, you should count yourself damn lucky.


Well, I would, but the natural light coming in through the wall of windows gives me kind of a headache, and the glow of my dual monitor Mac Pro setup compounds that. And as comfy as my $1100 Allsteel Acuity chair may be, it doesn't offer as much lumbar support as I would like. Still, I like to get up every 2 hours or so, you know, just to stretch a bit, maybe go for a free company supplied soft drink.
 
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