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Re: (OT): Human Multi-tasking

by steves (Curate)
on Dec 30, 2004 at 18:05 UTC ( #418333=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT): Human Multi-tasking

To clarify, I agree that the overseas moves don't make sense in many cases. But they are happening. A lot of what companies do has nothing to do with what makes sense long term. Unfortunate, but true.

I was also much more productive at home when I regularly worked there. The company that allowed that realized this and let people work from almost anywhere. I was fortunate to be just over an hour from the local office, so I had the best of both worlds. At one point, I worked at home only for about 6-8 weeks and it was great. Even now, at my current job, I have a better home office and I usually start my day with a few hours at home rather than going in, even though it's only a 15 minute ride. Modern office environments (cube farms) are pretty awful for productivity in my opinion. But, unfortunately for me, newer management prefers us not to take entire days at home -- something I used to do pretty frequently early on. With the other job, where I worked at home a lot, the company was bought and that all ended. My real point was that the general trend I've seen over the past 5+ years is for telecommuting to be less of an option than it was, at least in my circle of friends.

I think in terms of going for a dream, you should definitely go for it if you're going to feel unfulfilled not doing so.

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Re^2: (OT): Human Multi-tasking
by Jenda (Abbot) on Dec 31, 2004 at 00:40 UTC

    Cubes? You have cubes? My, that'd be an improvement!

    When we moved to this stupid new office on the most expensive street in Prague (mind you, we are just an offshore dev center with no local clients) we were told they'll place tables now and get the barriers later. Now two and a half years later, with four times the space and five times the people do we have barriers? Do we have cubes? Do we have any chance to concentrate?

    Thanks god (whichever) for the time difference! Thanks to this I could shift my working hours and work for some four hours alone (almost) in the office after everyone else left. I do hope the (censored to protect the innocent) who invented openspace offices has a painfull afterlife in hell. And that the walls are painted painfull purple and pink and green and orange and red and all the dreadfull colors americans seem to love so much.

    As far as my dream goes ... I come from a small town, where if you took whatever direction then within ten to twenty minutes you were in woods or fields. Small pocket-size fields, small pocket-size woods, small hills, creeks, ponds. Human sized world.

    We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
    Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home
       -- P. Simon in Mrs. Robinson

      And I've been told that Prague is so beautifull and those smalls streets and stuff...

      It looks like this flood from few years back haven't affected you at all?

      Getting back offtopic - growing up in Europe or some place like New York, and then moving to some less densely populated place (not going off-grid, just moving to some smaller version of newyork...) could do the trick.

      Notice like few posts above someone mentions that living 30m away from center is unbearable - it usually takes 30-45m to drive through city. So moving to Toronto, living on 100acres and driving only 30m to the city may sound like a dream come true.

        Well, some of those streets are nice, but there's simply too many people in them for my tastes. I guess I am a little sociophobic. The flood did tear down some houses, mainly in Karlin (an old, but not to fancy quarter), but generaly the city is fine. Repairing all flooded houses and the Metro/tube/underground/subway was quite expensive, but you'd have to search hard to find any scars now :-)

        The little town I come from was actually hit worse, a few fishponds above the town broke and the water hit Blatna early in the morning tearing down two of the four bridges, damage the next one badly and flooding the last one so that noone knew whether it's still there or not for a day, 1.5 meters of water on the main square, some 20 or so houses down, the stadium covered by a meter of slime, ...

        But compared to the recent tsunamis in shouth Asia and India this was nothing.

        We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
        Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
        Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home
           -- P. Simon in Mrs. Robinson

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