Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Densifying. It's become the word du jour at Large Nameless Agency. The budget is shrinking, so what's one way to survive in these austere times? Eliminate leased office space and pack the human resources into the structures that LNA actually owns. Densify. Which in turns means figuring out how to fit a thousand people into a building designed for use by a third that number on a campus that is already chronically short of parking spaces and is inadequately served by public transit.

There has been much moaning and gnashing of teeth since the word came down a week or so ago that we would be relocating sometime shortly after the start of the new fiscal year. I view the relocation as a handy excuse for promoting telework for all the same reasons upper level management at LNA does: relieve pressure on office space, reduce the demand for parking, elminate stress from people's lives. Whether or not our manager (who really does not like the concept of telework, even though she works from home herself on a regular basis) will accept an increased level of telework by the peasants in her fiefdom is still debatable, but she may not have much choice.

In the meantime, I'll just keep looking at the countdown calendar and thinking quietly that no matter what happens, fairly soon it's not going to be my problem. Now if they'd only add technical writer-editors to the list of occupations LNA wants to offer buyouts to in an effort to entice people to retire, I'd be a happy camper.


  1. "Densifying"? Is that akin to truthiness? I hate buzzwords, especially those designed to make something dreadful seem a little hipper and more palatable. *kicks people*

  2. The count down clock is really getting close now - I am sure having that goal makes it easier to put up with assinine management decisions!

    But some nice almond scented body oil for your coworkers would be a great parting gift.

  3. OMG, if everyone worked at home there'd be no need for freeways, roads and rapid transit systems ... well, we would need a few roads for USPS, UPS and FedEx trucks so they can deliver stuff from Amazon and eBay.

  4. Wouldn't know about that, I was never able to work for a Large Nameless Agency longer than three days before moving on.

    Yeah, it hurt my chances at a higher retirement income but I don't give a shit, I get by fine with what little income I do have.

  5. High retirement income, pshaw! Back in the 80s St. Ronnie made sure that doesn't happen anymore, if it ever did.

  6. pshaw

    I'll be damn, that's actually in my dictionary.

    Above Unfucker.


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