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What is your work area like?
-- Kymm (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 08, 2000
It's a square with the entrance on one of the points.
There are windows on two sides.
I have my very own closet and thermostat.
I share a mini-fridge and a printer with only my boss (the Prez)
From my vantage point, I can see people, but not too many stop by.
I have a big honkin monitor to hide behind when people do come to see me.
When the boss is away, I have my own private bathroom
AND my best friend just moved and sits about 10 paces past the little hall that serves as the entrance to my work area.
It's sweet. :)
-- Kelli Jelly Bean (email@example.com), September 08, 2000.
My office is made of an open space divided into cubes (though thankfully not in rows) and lined with offices against one wall. I have a cube against the back wall, next to one printer used by about 5 people, so no one ever comes back here unless they're printing. I like the way I'm situated; love not having people moving around behind me. It's much easier to focus.
-- Tynan (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 08, 2000.
It's an old faculty office I share with another person who comes in on alternate days. I have a bitchin' networked computer and a phone, and a whole bookcase to myself. Grad school heaven.
Unfortunately, it's also cold and very humid. They have the air conditioner turned up way too high, and all my books and papers are starting to curl with damp.
-- Catriona (email@example.com), September 08, 2000.
It's a tall, narrow room in an old building. (How old? Well, the elevator has an upholstered bench in it.) The front part is filled with 10-foot high white metal bookcases stuffed with books and research materials. About half of them are my professor's overflow; the stuff that wouldn't fit in his office, home office or garage. The rest belong to me, my officemate, and a former grad student.
In the back our L-shaped desks are under the casement windows, facing away from each other. Not that you can see the desks because we are both slobs. If we turn sideways we can look out the window into the library next door. We also have: two visitor chairs; two slippery green plants; a hot water heater that we use with instant coffee because we are too lazy to use the coffee pot that is also there; a postage scale that we never use because we always use the postage- paid university envelopes; an ancient adding machine that we never use either; constant noise from the photocopier in the hall that goes "Hee-haw" with every page; constant shuddering of the walls every time anyone else on the floor opens or closes a door.
-- Diana (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 08, 2000.
My cubicle, in our large square office, is directly behind the coffee maker and the refrigerator; since our office has a Culture of Baked Goods, I'm frequently tempted to indulge in treats, since they face me every time I leave or return to my desk. Lots of natural light, though none directly in my cube. My space is way too small for the amount of stuff I have in it, mostly paper. My computer is banked with framed family photos.
-- Robert (email@example.com), September 08, 2000.
I work in an art gallery in a small ground floor retail space. The space itself is long and skinny, and the front half is gallery space while the back half is work and office space (although my manager's desk protrudes out into the gallery space). Workroom for framing, matting and wrapping is first, then next to it my boss' office, then in the back (ahhhh!) is my office. My desk faces directly outward so I can see whenever people come in, but I'm removed enough that I can actually get some work done (or read Sweet as a Biscuit without getting caught!). The rest of my office goes off to the left along the very back side of our space, with a bookcase, then a rolling set of plastic drawers full of supplies, then a rolling table with the fridge and microwave on it and ad archives underneath it. On the other side of my office are a couple of extra chairs, photography equipment (stand, tripod, lights), and in the far end of my space are three file cabinets and another bookcase with cleaning supplies. Of course, how could I forget the huge stack of framed stuff we _will_ get rid of someday.
My desk fits under some pre-made shelves in the wall, so I have my monitor in the corner, a shelf directly overhead with my small printers and software, then a shelf with computer manuals and boxes, then a shelf with large food supply stuff when we have a big opening. Typewriter fits snugly between my desk and the end of the shelf; next shelf over is small and has my file drawers on the bottom, then a series of shelves holding binders, phone books, etc. To make a long story short, it's amazing how much crap we got to fit in this place. :)
All in all, it's a pretty nice setup. When the AC isn't on I can talk to both my boss and my manager without having to get up, and it lets me get absorbed when I have a big project to finish.
-- Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 08, 2000.
well i've been at my new place of employment for a week now and i have to say it's pretty cool! i'm only going to be here for 9 months, it's my gap year from college, but uhm basically we have a two storey building with a long corridor running down the middle on both floors and then each room off the corridor is shared between two people. so we all sit next to a window to the outside world (there's a little dial on the wall to electrically operate the blinds), us pleb programmers can chat to each other without an "evil overlord", there's a kitchen downstairs where we all congregate at lunchtime to cook our pizza's from the supermarket round the corner, and we even have a small outdoor pool and barbecue patio outside the kitchen! although doubtless i will find things to moan about by the time i leave, it's all going well right now.
by the way is it ok to plug your journal in these things? if not i guess kymm can edit it out. anyway http://drealm.org/heute/ bye!
-- will (email@example.com), September 09, 2000.
I work at home, so my work area is about half of my dining room. I have one big desk with computer, printer, phone, and other assorted office stuff all over it. I have a blueberry iMac, so I have as much stuff as possible to match it.
I don't have to worry about hiding anything on my computer screen, because the only one besides me who sees it is my cat Jack. He can be a little bossy sometimes though, jumping up on the desk and pushing papers out of the way so he can sit down and watch what I'm doing. Though right now he's meowing piercingly because he wants to get ou
-- Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 12, 2000.
For the last three years I have been full-time, stay home MOM and my "office" is the whole world! Forget the four walls and a ceiling thing - my space is: the kitchen counter where we make sandwiches,the backyard, where squirrels can be discovered if you are just patient and wait, the stairs to our third floor apartment - great for jumping and counting, plus there is a really long hall on the second floor that you can hide at the end of, McDonald's playland and the little park by the grocery store, Tisch Petting Zoo and the big rocks by the Central Park Carousel, and this summer anywhere that there is a funny cow! My office never closes, it's never the same two days in a row and my "boss" gives me hugs and kisses all day!!! Can't beat that with a 401K!!!!!!1
-- Michelle Matzeder/Wilde/Bruner (email@example.com), September 18, 2000.