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brokenbetty

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Feb 2021

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  • in Current Projects (non-bike)
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    I went through a phase of having hob kettles. They had short lives that ended in heat, smoke and melting. This is also why I have neither pets nor children.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    It's like some giant bejewelled boob

  • in COVID-19
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    It's not going to take much for your average middling management meddler with a damp weak handshake to feel insecure with not having bums in seats and to get everyone back in.

    In my industry I don't think it will be down managers wanting bums on seats, it'll be ambitious schmoozers coming in voluntarily to "bump into" senior managers, and then anyone who doesn't put in a bit extra in person time will get their card marked. Same reason in pre-covid days, in some teams if you turned up for work that's supposedly 9 to 5 after 8am, someone would say "nice of you to join us for lunch".

  • in COVID-19
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    I was speaking to one of our younger guys yesterday and he hadn't left the house since Monday. He's really keen to get back.

    Over the year our management have swung from "this is great, we will have a whole new model" to "standard 3 days a week in the office, some roles might need more or less".

    I'm not surprised. It's one thing to take people with momentum and established networks and get them working remotely, it's a different thing to kick off new stuff and integrate new joiners. I've always thought office politics will drive everyone back in.

    I'm not sure the 3 day thing will work either, at least not in a way that saves office space. The reason to come into the office is to see people face to face, so you need to be in on the same days as the people you need to see. Which means everyone is likely to gravitate to the same 3 days...

    (Though as far as my actual role goes I'm pretty sure my manager will just trust me to do whatever works best.)

    I think people who sold up in London expecting to be able to work remotely may regret it though.

    Probably fine for the job they are currently in but it's going to restrict their ability to change. And even one day a week is a bastard if it's a long commute. In my last job I did one day a week in our out of town office which was 2.5 hours each way and it really screwed up the week. The out of town day was a total write off home-wise, but the evening before was messed up by having to get to bed early for the early start, and the day after I was on the back foot from having no real down time before going to bed and up again for work. I ended up making every other week a stay-over to space out the journey, but I was lucky that work would pay for that.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Ha! If I had money to burn and then more money left over, I would buy one just for the sheer balls of the thing. I think....the red one.

  • in General
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    Yeah, I know it and am reasonably close but can’t get there any time soon.

  • in General
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    Ahem. Some of us are middle aged women.

  • in Current Projects (non-bike)
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    No, I was thinking because it can be suspended from 4 corners instead of the centre line. There's joists around the edges of the ceiling above the stairs but not across the middle.

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    ooo that might solve our placement problem. We don't have a central joist in the ceiling any more but we do have timber round the edges.

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