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single19-Feb-2013personal preferencesRainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator by votes29155.4%


Which office do you like best?

Your boss has given you a new workspace. You can choose from these 8 offices. Which would you pick?

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7E. image
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LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Feb-2013 7:31pm  
E would fit nicely with my promotion
posted 19-Feb-2013 7:47pm  
Not trying any more because I can't just go from one to another to see them. I get knocked off the site .
posted 19-Feb-2013 9:51pm  
B. Although the first thing I would do is remove the letter W from the shelf.

E is runner up.
posted 19-Feb-2013 10:29pm  
B or F
posted 20-Feb-2013 5:25am  
I guess 'B', 'F' runs a close second..
'A' would be nice if the chair was by the window and the desk faced into the room;
'C' looks like I'd be sharing with someone, no thanks.
'D' is too white and 'E' is way to dark.
'G' looks uncomfortable.
'H' looks like a bedroom.
posted 20-Feb-2013 8:09am  
B -looks homely without being too dark
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 20-Feb-2013 8:39am  
*pick* Other

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Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 20-Feb-2013 10:44am  
I like F the best. A is cute but too narrow; B is nice, but there's no desk chair and I don't like the sailboat painting. I think all the rest of them look ugly or uncomfortable or both.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 20-Feb-2013 2:54pm  
A is really lovely. The others either feel too much like living rooms (with the risk of getting distracted easily) or like really weird kitchen units. E would be okay with better light, but would need tweaking.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Feb-2013 2:58pm  
I like the narrowness of A. I think it would help me to focus (she says, sitting on her settee with her laptop, supposedly applying for jobs for next year, but actually answering surveys, watching TV and pondering what to have for tea...)
(reply to Biggles) posted 20-Feb-2013 9:37pm  
The thing that would bug me about A is sitting with my back to the door.
paulyw Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 21-Feb-2013 9:52am  
I like the one in item E
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 21-Feb-2013 10:56am  
There's an appealing coziness to it, and it is really pretty in every other way. But I think it would be more comfortable if there were a little more room, especially for a big comfy chair or something.

Is your current job only for a couple of years? I didn't realize that. How are you liking being a physician?
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 21-Feb-2013 6:07pm  
A I like the window and the book cases.
RainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 21-Feb-2013 7:01pm  
I like B best. I'd probably get most of my work done while sitting in the window seat (I have trouble working at a desk, I need to be cosy to think).
I love C as well (it seems so soothing), but the lack of window wouldn't work for me. If that had a window I would have chosen it for sure.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Feb-2013 1:00pm  
I picked H very feminine for me
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to FordGuy) posted 24-Feb-2013 12:43pm  
I'd be putting in extra hours.
posted 24-Feb-2013 3:51pm  
What do I do!!!
I picked "C". I liked 'E' but it is a bit dark. If I knew why I needed an office, these choices very well might change. Do I have many visitors? Do I need to get up and down alot or sit alot?
And I have to add that some of these look like fung shui nightmares.!
posted 24-Feb-2013 3:54pm  
I couldn't have an office space with a cozy nook. Unless my specialty was daydreaming or napping.
(reply to FordGuy) posted 25-Feb-2013 4:59am  
Where is the table for the fridge that has the cool beers in it.
Hammock on the beach requires Beer's
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Lysannus) posted 25-Feb-2013 7:59am  
Isn't that what employees are for? Beer and cocktail delivery? smile
posted 25-Feb-2013 9:31am  
E. most closely resembles the kind of office I would prefer. Most of them are too bright, fussy and effeminate for my taste.
(reply to FordGuy) posted 26-Feb-2013 5:04am  
> Isn't that what employees are for? Beer and cocktail delivery?
> smile

Do your employees get free benefits of Beer if so you have any positions available smile .
I might be interested (beach, Beer, and sun, mmmmmm, couldn't get much better)
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Lysannus) posted 26-Feb-2013 8:29am  
Actually, yes they do. But it's serve yourself. And sure. Come on up to Michigan! But I warn you, the beaches here aren't as pretty as pictured.
(reply to FordGuy) posted 27-Feb-2013 5:20am  
>But I warn you, the beaches here aren't as pretty
> as pictured.

I suspect they might be a tad cold and covered with ice and snow.
Let me know when you move your operation to the South Pacific, I might be interested then. wink
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Lysannus) posted 27-Feb-2013 7:19am  
Be careful for what you wish for... Beer
posted 1-Mar-2013 4:24pm  
I like to have plenty of natural light, so that rules out C and G, at least on the basis of what I can see in the photos. But I don't like to be facing either directly towards or away from natural light, because that can cause problems with screen visibility - I prefer the light to be coming from the side. So that rules out A, E and F. I prefer not to sit with my back to the room, at least if I'm working with other people, because that makes it hard to interact effectively with colleagues. So A (again) and D are suboptimal in that respect, although I quite like D if it was a home office where I'd be working alone and I don't have to worry about having my back to people. That leaves B and H. Of these, H is too feminine for me (and the position of the windows may cause lighting problems even though they're not directly behind me). So that makes B my choice. I'm presuming that I can replace the Mac on the desk with a proper computer.

Having said that, if I could rearrange the furniture in D so that I don't have to sit with my back to the room, then that would be my preference. Replace the fitted desk with a freestanding one, and angle it so that I'm sitting in the corner facing into the room, and it would be perfect.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 9-Mar-2013 8:13am  
> Is your current job only for a couple of years? I didn't realize that.
> How are you liking being a physician?

All new medical graduates in the UK complete two years of foundation training across a variety of specialities (six four month rotations) before starting to specialise further. Applying for my second year jobs has been stressful because I've been in a state of limbo about where I'm going to be working from August. I currently work in the city I live in, but next year could have been allocated to work in the four other towns in the county, or any associated GP practice (up to 30 miles away). Hospitals tend not to be very central, so it can be tricky to commute by public transport - getting to the hospitals in the other towns would require me to commute for up to four hours per day (and some of the GP practices would be even worse as there are a lot of rural areas in the county).

Fortunately, I've been allocated a set of jobs in my city, though not to any of the twenty rotations that I listed as my preferences! I'm pretty relieved that I don't have to face a hideous commute and one of the jobs is in a speciality that I'd really like to gain some experience in. Unfortunately, my first job from August isn't going to involve any patient contact (it's a sub-speciality of pathology) which I'm not thrilled about but I suspect it's going to be predominantly 9 - 5 (so will give me the opportunity to learn to drive and maybe sit my first higher-level exam) and it's really going to help my clinical practice in the future so I'm not complaining (much). I also have a job in GP land, but it will be within the city so probably not more than a 45 minute journey from home for me.

Mostly, I'm liking being a doctor a lot. I definitely feel that I've chosen the right profession. It's stressful at times and I'm becoming increasingly aware that I'm a prime candidate for burn-out because I find it very hard to walk away. I take pride in trying to do my work well (though I certainly fall short at times) and I particularly enjoy communicating with patients and families (though not always!!!) There have definitely been several occasions when I've been scared, or felt that I've been under-supervised when dealing with someone very unwell, but I've learned a lot from those experiences and I've surprised myself with how outwardly calm I am able to appear whilst inwardly crapping myself - helpful for maintaining the trust of the patients and (often more importantly) the nurses. Mostly, I'm aware of what a privilege it is to be a doctor. I get to spend my working hours in an intellectually stimulating environment trying to relieve suffering. I'm surrounded by fellow healthcare professionals who are (on the whole) compassionate and interesting. I get to work with and learn from adults of all ages - some of whom may have spent 80 years living with a medical condition that I've never even heard of before. I get to develop practical skills as well as exercise my mind. I stick needles into people and cause pain by poking them or give them medications with unpleasant side effects - and they thank me for it!

Of course, I have just had eight days of annual leave, so I'm feeling particularly positive grin

Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 15-Mar-2013 11:22am  
That sounds so complicated! Though it's nice that you will be able to stay in your county rather than move all over the place. Are you still in the area where you grew up?

I think it gets easier to walk away as you get more experience, so maybe your risk of burn-out will decrease. It's a totally unrelated field, but in my own work I've found that to be the case. (Not that I'm close to being good at walking away yet, but I'm getting a little better at it.)

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