Part-time Perl Developer Position based Reading, UK

David Cantrell david at
Thu May 26 10:44:21 BST 2011

Richard sent his original message both to me and to the list.  Please
don't do that.  I'm on the list and don't want two copies.  Sending two
copies is pointless and silly.

On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 10:05:09AM +0200, Richard Foley wrote:

> Those results might also include the opportunity for career progression which 
> is only ever going to be effective when one is in the office looking busy in 
> front of the manager, and actively being involved in multiple stand-up 
> meetings every day of the week.

That's just silly.  Dilbert isn't the real world, it's a caricature.

> Speaking personally I can say that I have fewer distractions at my home 
> office, where I can concentrate on my tasks without having to engage in 
> peurile banter at the coffee machine, neither to I need to get involved in 
> office politics.

You're doing three things wrong there.

First, and worst, you're using a coffee machine.  They're always shit.

Second, you're engaging in puerile banter.  It can be avoided without
being rude.

Third, you're paying attention to "office politics", whatever that might
be.  I don't even know what office politics looks like, and I've never
really noticed it.  Never, in almost 20 years of working.  Well, I
probably have noticed it, it's just that I classify it as "stupidity" and
"bitchiness" instead of "office politics".  If, like me, you're good at
what you do, you don't need to do anything other than be good at what
you do to get on with your managers and colleagues.  If your managers/
colleagues are too fucking stupid to realise that, then other jobs are
both available and better.

> Finally, people often forget that remote working = working.  

Yes, and for an awful lot of people having a completely seperate
environment helps that.

David Cantrell | Cake Smuggler Extraordinaire

    Erudite is when you make a classical allusion to a
    feather.  Kinky is when you use the whole chicken.

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