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Thing that would make going to work more agreeable

by vroom (Pope)
on Dec 05, 2002 at 21:39 UTC ( #217915=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on Thing that would make going to work more agreeable

Clueful management
[bar] 51/20%
Getting to use Perl
[bar] 36/14%
Better compensation
[bar] 33/13%
Telecommuting
[bar] 30/12%
Listening to the radio at a reasonable volume
[bar] 11/4%
More coding
[bar] 24/10%
Less coding
[bar] 1/0%
Nap time
[bar] 43/17%
Getting to rewrite the automated poll producing code
[bar] 11/4%
Other
[bar] 9/4%
249 total votes
Comment on Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by vector (Novice) on Dec 05, 2002 at 21:57 UTC

    Writing OBFU and sending them to the management!

    :->

    --
    vector
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by Mr. Muskrat (Abbot) on Dec 05, 2002 at 22:10 UTC

    Definately all of these!
    Clueful management, Better compensation, Listening to the radio at a reasonable volume, More coding, Nap time, Getting to rewrite the automated poll producing code

      But you are in management. Does this mean you need a clue? :)

        I am not a manager of people, but of equipment and services. There is a big difference!

        I'm no PHB. Just call me Fooker. ;)

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by vek (Prior) on Dec 05, 2002 at 23:01 UTC
    Phew, this is a tough one. Having clueful management is always a bonus, I almost chose that. Better compensation - always a nice thing, I almost chose that too.

    The one thing that would make going to work more agreeable would be telecommuting so that I would not have to go to work anymore :-)

    Could happen.

    -- vek --
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by greywolf (Priest) on Dec 05, 2002 at 23:06 UTC
    Definately more coding. I've been so busy with all the day to day crap that I've hardly touched my code for a couple months.

    Maybe someday.

    mr greywolf
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by defyance (Curate) on Dec 05, 2002 at 23:20 UTC
    Forgot to mention getting to have Swingline staplers, instead of Boston...

    -- Can't never could do anything, so give me and inch, I'll make it a mile.

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by shemp (Deacon) on Dec 05, 2002 at 23:45 UTC
    Listening to the radio at a reasonable volume - not even all the time, just a couple hours a week!
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by dmitri (Curate) on Dec 06, 2002 at 00:26 UTC
    During nap time you will forget that
    • management is clueless;
    • you don't get to write as much Perl as you'd like;
    • you don't get paid well;
    • you don't telecommute (even when it snows);
    • you are not allowed to listen to Rush Limbaugh;
    • ... and so on.
    Needless to say, I voted nap time!
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by rozallin (Curate) on Dec 06, 2002 at 03:23 UTC
    I'd like to have a job in which I could use Perl and have managers who are clueful enough to understand that PerlMonks is work related :-)

    --
    Rozallin J. Thompson
    The Webmistress who doesn't hesitate to use strict;

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by {NULE} (Hermit) on Dec 06, 2002 at 03:25 UTC
    They gave us a popcorn machine to boost morale (or weight maybe - if they keep feeding us we'll be too fat to leave). I would find a kegerator more compelling.

    {NULE}
    --
    http://www.nule.org

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Dec 06, 2002 at 03:57 UTC
    Definitely clueful management for me as I work for my wife's family.

    The nice things are though:

    • I *do* get to use Perl, although nobody there understands what the hell I'm doing. It's usually enough for them to retrieve e-mail.
    • I do get "nap time" since I have my own office, an air matress, and a pillow.
    • having my own office means I can usually play whatever I want on the radio - usually BBC Radio 6 - and the volume usually indicates my mood - the louder the music the worse mood ;)

    On the other hand, better compensation would be nice. Telecommuting too, but then I'd miss the daily chariot races to San Francisco. ;)

    There is no emoticon for what I'm feeling now.

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by logan (Curate) on Dec 06, 2002 at 05:49 UTC
    I'm all for more money. Last time, they gave me more stock, which is SO 90s.

    The one thing I can think of is that I have to do QA. My actual job is to write tools, automate test procedures, and do performance testing. I'd like to dump all the functional testing and do perl full time.

    Continuing through the list, I don't want a more clueful manager. I don't actually have a manager. If anyone above the person I report to was given one clue point as to what I do and how I do it, I'd be in hell. It would mean that some pointy-haired management type was going to start looking over my shoulder, and telling me my job. Just pick any Dilbert cartoon at random. There you go.

    As far as the rest:

    1. I already listen to the radio at a reasonable volume. If I want an UNreasonable volume, I use headphones.
    2. If I need to telecommute, I do.
    3. I already have "Nap Time". Everyone else calls it the staff meeting.

    OK, fine, I also have a list of hardware I'd like ranging from a couple of DIMMs to a cluster of Sun Blades. And I wouldn't say no to a bigger monitor. And a puppy.

    -Logan
    "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by cLive ;-) (Parson) on Dec 06, 2002 at 08:39 UTC

    A bunk bed that I can sleep in for my afternoon nap/when I need to think. Or failing that, a hammock.

    We have a couch, but it's not very comfortable for more more than a light doze...

    cLive ;-)

      that would be a dream come true for me too...

      I also heard of a company that has a pool for the employees where they can go to brainstorm and relax while working on some hard project :S


      He who asks will be a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn't ask will remain a fool for life.

      Chady | http://chady.net/
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by BioHazard (Pilgrim) on Dec 06, 2002 at 12:10 UTC
    Mmmh, just a little nap in the chair in front of my desk with my eyes closed and a very long and nice dream about a big meal :)
    I really do miss that in my worktime.

    BioHazard
    reading between the lines is my real pleasure
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by earthboundmisfit (Chaplain) on Dec 06, 2002 at 12:16 UTC
    Clueful management (unless my boss is reading this in which case I chose more coding..... yeah, yeah, that's it, more coding! ;))
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by talexb (Canon) on Dec 06, 2002 at 15:11 UTC

    Having just left an independent consulting gig (i.e., working from home) the one thing I miss is being able to crash in my own bed. I'd just lay on top of the covers, and my internal alarm clock would wake me 45 minutes later, totally recharged and ready to go.

    The full-time gig rocks, but I sure wish I could park myself in a cupboard somewhere to recharge those batteries when the occasional After Lunch Lull sets in.

    --t. alex
    but my friends call me T.
      la siesta es muy bueno.


      work it harder make it better do it faster makes us stronger more than ever hour after our work is never over.
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by JSchmitz (Canon) on Dec 07, 2002 at 14:13 UTC
    I think the most important one is missing. That would be more hiring so we would not have to wear so many hats at work. I think a lot of us work in departments that have had significant layoffs and are having to do way more work than normal. At least that is the case where I work. So I would say an upswing in corporate spending would make going to work way more agreeable.

    cheers
      Hear, hear. When the economy improves a lot of companies are going to find out a hidden cost of making people wear too many hats - poor employee retention. Many people are just sitting tight until things improve, then they are outta there...
      JSchmitz, that sounds awfully familiar. Now that our develoment group has been somewhat trimmed I now have have the "pleasure" of maintaining PL/SQL and Java code as well as Perl. To make life a little more interesting our DBA left last week to go onto bigger and better things. Rumor has it that there will be no replacement because "the Programmers can do it" :-(

      -- vek --
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by mt2k (Hermit) on Dec 07, 2002 at 15:58 UTC
    /me dreams of a nap... It's 10:00 AM, and I didn't even go to bed last night!
      My boss (!) says he never drinks coffee in the morning. It would destroy his nap.
Missing Option
by logan (Curate) on Dec 07, 2002 at 23:46 UTC
    How about better equipment? Can any of us say they couldn't use another server, or a more powerful desktop machine? Me, I'm not asking for an additional 2 gigahertz machine so I can play Unreal at work. I wouldn't say no to:
    • A more powerful Irix server for automated acceptance testing
    • A Linux box on my desk that I could use for development without having it double as a server
    • An extra hard drive for my Windows box so I could make it dual boot, and hence spend less time sitting in a cold lab doing client testing.
    No kidding, I actually dug a 10 gig drive out of my closet to donate to the company because I couldn't get $10 allocated to buy a bigger hard drive for one of the server. God help me when my video card dies.

    -Logan
    "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by malaga (Pilgrim) on Dec 08, 2002 at 13:40 UTC
    More Coding...also possibly having a job to go to.
Re: Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
by DigitalKitty (Parson) on Dec 09, 2002 at 05:29 UTC
    Hi all.

    I used to work for a large bookstore chain. One particular day, I thought I would express what I thought was a good idea to the store manager. Seeing how he used to work for a software company and was quite familiar with computers in general, I suggested using a laptop with perl installed that could be used to accelerate the sorting of books before they were placed on the shelves. His initial reaction was 'Wow. Very cool idea.'. Feeling resonably empowered after I thought I had been seen as more than just another corporate drone, I went back to work with a smile on my face.

    Sound of music in the background to indicate trouble was about to start

    Another manager approached me in about an hour and hinted that my job was not to do anything other than was I was paid to do. Evidently, they were angered / intimidated by a free thinker. Within 6 months I resigned and went back to college.

    So...a more clueful boss and the ability to use perl at work would be quite beneficial.

    -Katie.

    Linux geek-ette / Perl coder

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