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I wonder if it would take just some sunshine to make things seem brighter when it comes to my job and my work environment? Everything seems grey and squashed right now. We are moving in about a month to new offices, only there won't be any OFFICES, we'll be sitting in an open landscape, not even in cubicles. I'm getting very depressed about the whole thing and have been walking around with a frowny face all morning. We went up to look at the site so we could get an idea of where we will be sitting and hopefully choose at least which side of the big room we want to be on. As soon as we walked into the space, we all reacted negatively. Very low ceilings, dark and gloomy atmosphere, bad color choices and cheap interior fixtures, extremely crowded, no privacy screens, and poor lighting from windows. 2 toilets for 31 people. Almost every workstation is set so that people will have their backs to traffic. :( I am SO not looking forward to this. In fact, it may very well be the straw that makes this camel start actively looking for another job instead of just mulling over the idea.

Going out to dinner tonight with work colleagues for a goodbye party for one of my group that recently moved on and I'm not exactly in the mood.


At least my neck and shoulders feel better since I had a massage this morning, first one since the 16th of December. I couldn't stop thinking about putty. It felt as if when I got up, there would be a colorful copy of a Sunday comic strip on the front side of me. I wonder if they have Silly Putty in Sweden. I've never seen it in the toy stores, but I haven't really looked for it, either. If not, I'll have to have my mom send some for the kids sometime.

Maybe I can make my own sunshine by eating a clementine in a little bit. :)

mood: depressed
music: No Doubt—Don't Speak


The new office sounds dreadful. Open plans may save money, but they don't do much for morale, ability to concentrate, effectiveness, etc. As I said when a company I worked for moved to open plan offices, if I wanted to work in a fucking newsroom, I'd have become a reporter. You have my sympathies.

Maybe you could look at the work dinner as being a possible networking link?

Hope the clementine brings you some sunshine.

Thanks for the sympathy. I'm so incredibly grumpy about the whole thing. :( argh. The work dinner is with current colleagues, unfortunately, so no networking opportunities to be found.

Tricks of the trade

My back is to traffic in an open plan office and there are three things that serve me well.

1) Internet browsers opened in a small window. A click on the application behind makes it disappear or alt-tab takes you to a new app.
2) When typing in word things that aren’t work related, use a grey font which people can’t read from well a distance
3) Attach a CD to your monitor, it acts as a mirror and you can see if anybody is approaching.

Re: Tricks of the trade

You're my hero. Thanks for the survival tips. :)

Re: Tricks of the trade

My pleasure.

Open plan offices are dehumanizing. Eat more clementines and see what else might appear.

either that or start checking the job ads.


I have a small pocket mirror that I put up in my area so I know when someone is behind me. I call it my prison mirror--it reminds me of how inmates use them to see the new people coming in to the cells. We had a change of furniture where I work a couple of years ago and I totally freaked out. It's not all open, though, I agree that the new building sounds yucky.

I hope your day gets better. The clementines should help.


Prison mirror! what a great idea :) I've recently escaped a room with 4 other people which was HORRID, and the idea of being in a big open room with a bunch of salespeople, not being allowed to play even low-volume music and having to restrain my naturally loud laugh is making my skin crawl. Thanks for the sympathy.

Bummer, liz! I hate open space planning as well - it's just so dehumanising. I really thought that office planners had come away from that idea in recent years. Interesting that you were not alone in your negative reaction, either. It doesn't bode well for an office full of happy campers.

It's the Ericsson "standard" everywhere except in Lund. And all the people in the other company that are going to be sharing our building all have their own little rooms. :( It SUCKS. Anders just moved from an office to open landscape, too. Seems the Swedish companies are going toward it, not away, because it saves money (less space etc. needed per person). Sigh.

Ooooh, that's really horrible! Nowhere to pick your nose in privacy! (Now, you never know when you might need to pick your nose. That _really_ is an important issue. Especially for one with allergies, like myself. :) Ugh! If our company ever went that way, I'd probably start looking, too. I'll hold my thumbs for a dream job to fall in your lap!

*snort* :) Or blowing it, at least, which I do several times a day, being an allergy queen myself. Thanks for the held thumbs :)

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