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> On 30 Jul 2003 at 12:57, Oja, Wayne wrote:
> > >What says the body? Do you prefer the quiet environment of offices,
> > >or the more exposed one of cubicles?
> An office? What in the world is *that*? :)
> In the 25 years I have worked, I have always been in a cube. I don't
> mind it -- I have learned quite a bit "over the wall", including what's
> going on in a project, the solution to a customer support problem,
> etc., and I've been able to help out others when I had an answer to
> their problem. Plus, there's always the occasional friendly banter
> that occurs, and then we all get back to work. I am also in the
> enviable position of having a "window seat". Because our offices are
> located in an (as of yet) undeveloped area, my views are of the pine
> trees on our lawn, horses in the field across the way, and towering
> mountains both to the east and west. Occasionally, we have an
> exciting show, such as a two kestrels fighting over a vole or horses
> romping wildly as the wind kicks up.
I agree with you Dana. Does the noise really matter? The cacophony is
sometimes better than what your boss says! Why sometimes??Most of the
It's good to exchange your views with your peers. Socializing helps! As long
as a terrier does not occupy your place and start barking, or a horse trying
to prance in front of you (not ferrari!!), it's okay to put up with
friendly/uncongenial banter and work in a noisy environment.
> Of course, my idyllic life may soon end, since someone whose voice
> and condescending tone, which are like fingernails on a blackboard
> to me, is getting ready to move into the neighborhood. It may be
> time for headphones!
> In the meantime, I appreciate the fact that I feel more in tune with
> what is going on in the company, and I'm not isolated in a dreary
> little office all day.
> Dana W.
Absolutely! If you have a window seat, you know what's happening in the
company, in addition to what's happening outside:)