The Pace I Work

September 14, 2010 at 2:00 am 2 comments


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I work in the company’s technology center set in a campus-like setting. It’s comprised of four buildings, five if you add the public garage.

In the building where the mainframe computers are housed, you’ll find the cafeteria that can sit 1,200 people. Despite its ample facilities, the cafeteria is seldom full except in bad weather. It’s quite surprising why my co-workers prefer the many small restaurants around the campus. Could it be the food? Could it be the snotty service? Sometimes I wonder. However, whatever it is, it doesn’t stop them from helping themselves with the cafeteria napkins and plastic utensils. Many drawers in the center bear witness to this petty theft because employees usually take more than they can use.

Adjacent to the cafeteria, there’s a gym where you can work out and flaunt your muscles. It comes complete with a shower. The shower is coed but it doesn’t mean flirting is allowed. If you’re a man, you’re encouraged to treat the opposite sex like your sister, aunt, mother, or grandma depending on your age bracket. If you’re a woman, you’re encouraged to be on guard at all times and have that mace ready just in case.

The floors in each building are about half the size of a football field. A small passenger plane can park on each floor nicely. Each floor is densely packed with cubicles. As a result, if you remove the roofs from the buildings, giant bees from outer space can easily mistake them for beehives.

I work in one of these cubicles. I’m situated close to the kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave. From this vantage point, I don’t even have to look at my watch to know it’s lunchtime. I know it’s time when I start seeing people mill around the kitchen, hear gossips spoken in many languages, and smell the aroma of strange food being heated.

There are restrooms on every floor. They are quite modern in my estimation. The faucets and paper towel dispensers are motion-activated reducing the risk of infection. The toilet seats are built to last. They have been reinforced to handle the toughest butts known to civilization. There was even a time when they installed something in the toilet seat that sprays water automatically after relieving yourself. Thank goodness, it was removed after complaints from the employees.

The men’s restrooms are filled to capacity right after lunch and the women’s restrooms just before quitting time. It’s not advisable to visit the restrooms during these times. At least, I can speak of the men’s restrooms. You won’t enjoy the noise and the not-so-pleasant odor in the air. Behind closed doors, you’d hear grunts. You’d hear this medley of sounds like cracks of thunder before the downpour, often followed by sighs of relief. Incidentally, I’ve found the noise level produced depends on body size. The heavier the source, the louder it gets. But sometimes, there are exceptions. A 100-pound guy can emulate the sound of a broken muffler depending on what he ate for lunch.

Overall, I enjoy working in the technology center. The people are friendly and the feeling is casual. Hopefully, I’d get my contract extended or find another department willing to take me in when my current contract expires.

Casual

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sub  |  September 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    wow i enjoyed reading your post. as in naimagine ko talaga itsura ng office nyo.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

      sub:

      glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply

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