Friday, December 16, 2005


Last week (right after coming back from London) we had a big "show" of our software to our client. It was hard work, included staying very late at night (for some even sleep away from home) so we got Thursday off.

Unfortunately, no-one told me of this "Thursday off" business, so I came to work normally last Thursday. Seeing that no-one was here (except those who didn't participate), and having no work to do, I joined a couple of Quake IV games. Unfortunately for everyone, someone from our office saw us, and decided to rat on us to the boss (who wasn't there - Remember, Thursday off). So, here I am - Friday and I'm in the office. Punishment like any other punishment.

What I hate though is "rats". I hate them when they jump into my toilet, and I hate them more when they see something they don't like - Either because they want to do it themselves and can't or because they enjoy others being punished - And tell off to the boss later. It's just horrible, useless, and promotes creating a more secretive society at work, making work tiring and sometimes even more boring.

I enjoy playing computer games. When I do my work, which is a creative type of work, I sometimes stumble into "writer's blocks". Software writers have those too, and those who design software know what I'm talking about. Reading a book, going for a run, listening or playing music - These all help to "clear the mind" and get into the muse of design/code again. For me, playing games helps do the same - So taking 5-10 minutes off work (we play timed games) to "keep me going" shouldn't be punished.

On the other hand, I do understand how it affects others when people play games. The noise may disturb others (so we play with headphones). Others feel weird that they work while others play - That's why used to play during lunch break, if any. That day specifically no-one from my department was at the office, so it wasn't the case. And if it was, the right way to act is to ask from us not to play - Not run to the boss and tell.

I am just upset about the way some people act - Doing this only to feel like they have some power over others. Horrible.

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At 12/16/2005 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Joah said...

Here, people learn from a very early age that telling tales on your mates will mean you don't have any mates. It's considered a very shitty thing.

At 12/16/2005 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Avah said...

Here as well.

There's a specific person in the office we all know to be a "snitch". She's not from the department, and it's a very hateful thing to do.

At 12/16/2005 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Joah said...

Bring it out into the open.

Talk to her, and explain what you explained in the post. Say you are sure she only meant to do the best for the organisation but by doing what she did, sadly, a lot of people are now unhappy. Ask whether there is anything specific that the department is doing to annoy her and how you can correct that.

Just by being polite but acknowledging that you know it's her and that you are not afraid to directly say it and try to solve it, will mean she will think twice before doing it again.

Either do that or what I did once which is strategic use of laxative coffee. Looks, tastes and smells like Nescafe. Acts like 10 tonnes of raw bran :D

At 12/16/2005 11:55:00 AM, Anonymous Koby said...

I'm with Joah.

and if this doesn't work, just bump her on the head or something :)


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