Re: Office Space Guilt

Subject: Re: Office Space Guilt
From: Barry Campbell <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 09:43:16 -0400

On 6/1/05, Martin Bosworth <martinhbosworth -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
When I signed on for this job, I was promised my own office space, and
had to share another guy's room for two months using a substandard
test server to do my work, while they got it ready.

I finally got my own office, and absolutely love it, but many of the
long-term employees are angry that I leapfrogged them, and are
expressing it in no uncertain terms.


Most people work in cubicles the size of veal feeding pens these days,
so there is absolutely going to be resentment when you score a private

Through no fault of your own, you've infringed on your co-workers'
sense of entitlement; politics-wise, you're really in a can't-win
situation. You're in the same position as a five year-old kid on a
playground who is the only one with an ice-cream cone. Expect to hear
a lot of whining about it "not being fair."

There's little you can do about it, and joking around about it is
likely to make it worse. Ignore it, do a good job, and most of your
co-workers are likely to get over it in time.

(If you feel absolutely compelled to offer an explanation, you can
observe, for example, that you work with subject matter experts all
the time, that such face-to-face meetings take up a big part of your
day, and that it would be unfair to impose such a burden on
officemates. But that probably won't work either.)

Whatever you do, don't give up that office, and for God's sake don't
feel guilty about it.

- bc

Barry Campbell <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com>


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