June 7, 2009

Learning "why most of us work in cubicles."

(Do most of us work in cubicles?! (Who are "us"?))

Alex Williams examines the "Plan B" work life: "Plan B typically offers less money and prestige than Plan A, but promises a more hands-on, stress-free and fulfilling existence."

22 comments:

rhhardin said...

Cublicles was an ancient Greek painter dealing in small surfaces.

Bissage said...

I make it a point to work back my cubicles after every shower.

g said...

Ms. Williams seems to have lead a rather sheltered and oblivious life.

Theo Boehm said...
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EDH said...

Working in the cubicles is better than being kicked in the cubicles.

My Cubicle, the music video.

Moe Hoe said...

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Synova said...

I don't see what is so bad about a cube.

It's sure got to be better than those old pictures of rows of desks without walls between them.

AJ Lynch said...

It's perfectly normal to give some thought to how one would re-create their work life and earn a living in the event your skillset became worthless.

I'd maybe buy a limo and try to make some regular money doing that.

But the jobs selected by this writer are so far from normal that it makes me confident that assignment editors at the NY Times will never want for work.

kentuckyliz said...

When The Big O gives us all free health care, one of the biggest reasons to be a cube jockey will disappear, and there will be a lot more useless pet masseurs in the world.

AJ Lynch said...

Bingo Liz!

Depending on how the universal health insurance plan is constructed, we could see a big boost in the underground economy.

IOW, more will divert their income off the books in order to qualify for more amd more of these govt freebies.

Omnibus Driver said...

I work in a cubicle, and I don't find it demeaning. I provide support services to talented an in-demand consultants and am good at it. That's why my big boss has brought me along with him every time he's moved companies.

Come the day when my skill set becomes obsolete, my mindset will not -- I'll find another interesting way to add value by finding innovative ways to provide support.

Somebody's got to hold the net below the flying trapeze. Why not me? Some days the guy who's doing the catching is the hero, after all.

halojones-fan said...

I love articles like this. "Holy Jesus, guys, food? It's made out of dead animals! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!"

bearbee said...

... gives us all free health care....

No such thing as 'free.'

...we could see a big boost in the underground economy.

Oh, he will hunt them down.

When he get his Mandatory Government Service up and running I'm sure there will be a handsome bounty program to catch those attempting to operate businesses under the radar.

He's already beefing up the IRS for the big guys.

There will be posters to keep everyone on their toes.

AJ Lynch said...

Bearbee:

"oh he will hunt them down".

Hey I'd enjoy a job like that- and it probably does not come with a cubicle. Win-win!

Paul Zrimsek said...

"I've tried A! I've tried B! I've tried C! Tell me what else I can try!"

Deb said...

Manual evisceration? Dog massage?

There seem to be a number of worlds out there about which I know nothing. Maybe I should get out of my cubicle more often.

kynefski said...

He's already beefing up the IRS for the big guys.


Well, imagine that. Enforcing the law.

Stalinism is surely next.

Theo Boehm said...
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traditionalguy said...

This point of view fluff piece seems to assure us that losing or jobs is really a new freedom. No more cubicles where we earn a living anymore. We are free now, so we should go get paid by selling a useless idea to the few rich people still around. Hope and change for the worse.

Tibore said...

Cubicles... isn't that something your manicurist works on?












... what?

TosaGuy said...

"But Boomer would not respect me. . . "

Dogs know.

Joe said...

Was there an actual article at that link? It seemed like just a bunch of rambling.