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Yesterday afternoon at hospital I moved my PC workstation and related hard-copy files, reference books, and personal memorabilia out of my Dilbert Cubicle and (back) into the office with Ed. Ed is the other RN who supports the OR related computer system we use at hospital. He is on a System Administrator line, non-clinical. I am on a Staff Nurse line, which is why I've also been staffing rooms to deliver patient care in the current staffing crunch.

It is not set up yet, simply moved. Today is a day off, to do a great deal of catch-up work on the Ranch. If I feel so inclined and time proves available, I might toddle off into town to finish unpacking boxes and re-connecting my PC, as I am not so optimistic to believe it will happen on Monday during routine work hours.

This all comes to pass because of the value of Real Estate. It's as much an issue within any business, I'm sure, and definitely at hospital as it is in the greater community. Ed is enacting some anticipatory planning. I shared this space with him during the initial implementation of our current computer system, and we know that:
A: we get along in such a space
B: we are productive working together in such a space, and
C: there are Others who would potentially be assigned to such a space because...

Because a space where these others are currently working is now slated (a Change in Plans, please note) to be a Sleep Room and Office Space rather than only Office Space for OR personnel who need the office space. One of the people for that space will move into my Dilbert Cubicle today. The rationale is that puts all technical, unlicensed personnel into the same workspace (four Cubicles), places both licensed personnel who are dealing with sensitive patient and personnel information as well as conducting frequent conference calls into the same workspace, and decreases the needs for office space in the location being turned into a sleep room, which means the two people remaining in that space (when the last person who is not a part of the Division of Operating Rooms and Related Services moves out) will be able to comfortably occupy the amount of space being allocated for offices/Dilbert Cubicles.

Ed and I maintained a friendly banter during our previous office co-habitation about whose office this really was, and who had the bigger desk (Ed) in it. At one point, I manufactured a name-plate for the sign holder outside the door with very small font type on it; then another friend of ours snagged that, reproduced it in the workshop (he worked with Physical Plant) in even smaller type that literally required a magnifying glass to read. The sign holder then read:

OFFICE
ED ...

Tiny desk in corner
Tom ...

It took Ed about three weeks to notice it. The desk I'm using this time around is a bit bigger than the previous one in the same space which was recycled elewhere. I'd need to re-do the sign again to say "Small desk in corner" and I am thinking very seriously about doing so...

At least this time, I'm supposed to get my own phone line.

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janetmiles
Mar. 11th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
I like your sign.
madshutterbug
Mar. 12th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. Considering some of your meditations on intra-office interactions, somehow I'm not surprised. *G*
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