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Psychologically Damaging Office Setup

I just need to get this off my chest.  I work in an office where we only have 1/2 height walls with no wall towards the aisle. Most people sit with the backs of their monitors facing the aisle – so they’re looking out into the aisle.

Why is this psychologically damaging? It is a pose that looks inviting to the casual observer.  It is deceiving and has tricked me on more than one occasion.

You have to look for the casual signs that someone is not available for a quick conversation.  People have headsets when on the phone, but sometimes you can’t tell if they have a headset on.  Some people hang a sign on their monitor to let people know they’re on the phone.  Some of those people just leave their sign on ALL the time – which makes it blend into the environment or less reliable.  One person even has a sign up 100% of the time that says “DO NOT DISTURB.”  Yes, it is in all caps.


Anyone who has gone through a break up has had a moment like this. And I’m sure most have many of them.

I went to the eye doctor today and he asked if I have a good vacation planned, or had a good one recently. My last few “real” vacations have been on a motorcycle with my soon to be ex, so I said we went to the Smoky Mountains last fall.

I thought he’d say, “Oh, that sounds fun.” And move on to the next subject.


He’s apparently a motorcycle wannabe. So I politely talked about how I have my own motorcycle (which hubby will keep). And I politely said, “No, I don’t know what I want for my next bike.” And the conversation lasted for the WHOLE check up.

Then as I was leaving he joked about why I didn’t ride my bike today (25 F out right now).