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(The New Republic)   The reason no one's talking in your open office is that they're all busy IM'ing eachother   ( divider line 11
    More: Ironic, online chats, St. Louis University, social dynamics, Justice Kennedy  
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3756 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Mar 2014 at 6:18 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-06 07:26:30 PM  
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2014-03-06 08:56:57 PM  
2 votes:
IM fits a really nice role that isn't well served by e-mail or phone conversations.

IM conversations are great for "Hey, can you change this firewall setting for me when you get a chance", "Yup, just did that", "Oh, hmm, still not working - failed 15 minutes into the process again, perhaps it's a permissions issue?" "Ok, give me a couple minutes before I can look at that though, in the middle of something else".

With a phone, you demand immediate and full attention - not so good for an extended process that would involve a lot of waiting and dead air.
You could do that over email, but it would just make a lot of inbox clutter - that would be a pain to archive and reference later - and emails only sync to my phone periodically, whereas IMs are instant.
2014-03-06 06:26:46 PM  
2 votes:
Stupid OpenOffice.    It never renders documents properly.
2014-03-06 10:55:37 PM  
1 votes:
If I wanted to gossip at work, the very last thing I would use would be the IM system on the company network.
2014-03-06 09:34:51 PM  
1 votes:
The open office is the dumbest thing ever.  It's louder, more distracting and ultimately more annoying.  So yes, you tend to chat with people via IM even if they're sitting across from you if you don't want everyone hearing the conversation (and I actually LIKE talking to people's more productive).
2014-03-06 08:34:46 PM  
1 votes:

DittoToo: I'm convinced that the people touting the benefits of open offices and how they increase the flow of information and ideas are not the same people who do actual work.  In fact, I'm betting you could fire those people and it wouldn't impact output one bit.



And motherfarking THIS.
2014-03-06 07:54:39 PM  
1 votes:

mccallcl: I find that liars and the passive-aggressive prefer text-based communication. Just my observation. Gives them more time to compose disingenuous messages.

Written communication also helps us to remember exactly what you said that we can twist  your words around to use them against you.
2014-03-06 07:04:10 PM  
1 votes:

ban_sidhe: Am I the only one who hates IM and texting? Although IM is allowed where I work, I refuse to install it. It seems to come with the expectation that I'll immediately respond to messages and the constant interruptions are beyond annoying. Same with texting. I had it blocked on my phone.

I feel like I'm surrounded by people who are determined to send a dozen chat messages, texts, or e-mails back and forth rather than pick up the damn phone and have a 30-second conversation.

I actually use it with exactly the opposite expectation, that they get back to me when they can because it's not urgent. It is also preferable to email because it doesn't get lost in the deluge of crap that is hitting their inbox. My work also requires a good amount of focus (software Dev), so a 30 second interruption can easily set me back 30 minutes, whereas an IM can sit there flashing in my taskbar until I hit a good stopping point.
2014-03-06 07:00:18 PM  
1 votes:

IM or Text or Skype. Especially in an open-plan office. Every time someone speaks up it breaks 10+ people's concentration. Skype is our company's official communication channel, we use it for everything.

When you skype/im/text/etc someone, they can look at it when they have a break from their current train of thought. Email too, but honestly skype/im/text is much easier. And you can break down conversations by topic. You're no longer on X feature? Leave the conversation. Someone needs to be on X feature? Invite them to the conversation.

2014-03-06 06:59:05 PM  
1 votes:
So let me get this straight, people don't want anyone to know about their private conversations so they have them over the company network using the company IM that likely logs their conversations?

Sounds like a plan to me.
2014-03-06 06:55:54 PM  
1 votes:

ban_sidhe: I feel like I'm surrounded by people who are determined to send a dozen chat messages, texts, or e-mails back and forth rather than pick up the damn phone and have a 30-second conversation.

Fark you Bob! The last time I called you for a "30 second" conversation, I missed lunch as you went off on a tangent about the crazy adventures of your cat, Mr. Bananas.

Never again.
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