Post Traumatic Toilet Stress Syndrome

I was reading another blog last night and the author made a random comment that triggered some long-suppressed traumatic memories of my worst-ever workplace. There are many ways an employer can make you feel worthless, constantly belittling you, paying you much less than you know other people are getting for the same work or simply giving you really lousy facilities.

My worst-ever job combined all of these but there were some bizarre twists on what they did with the work environment. Not long after I started there, they moved everybody into one building. Previously, staff had been spread around different offices throughout the city. On the surface, this was a good idea but the twist was that the overall floor space was much smaller – on average, each person's cubicle space was reduced by 1/3 and almost nobody had offices in the new building. Even the managers became cubicle dwellers. And the cubicles had really low walls so there was no more avoiding eye contact with cow-orkers. This didn't bother me so much but you soon found out who the anti-social ones were.

Imagine the fun and games of anti-social office drones with no interpersonal skills being put in a situation where they couldn't avoid face-to-face contact with… humans!

The worst part overall was undoubtedly what they did with the kitchen facilities. They were essentially a crime against humanity. Each floor had a kitchen are that was nothing more than a narrow bench, about two metres long with a sink and a microwave. But that part was just annoying. The horrible part was that this was right next to the toilet doors. As in less than one metre from the toilet to where you were preparing food and beverages. And you know how most communal toilets have some sort of vestibule or at least dog-leg between the outside world and the facilities? So you don't see all the goings-on as soon as the door is open?

Not these ones.

A straight view from your lunch to this tiny toilet facility. And as some female staff members told me, there was no real barrier between the men's urinal and the outside world. If they forgot to avert their gaze while making coffee, they could end up with an eyeful. Although I guess "eyeful" depends who was taking a leak at the time.

So one more tip for the evil bosses out there. Are your workers getting a bit uppity or even comfortable in their lives? Put them in a really demeaning work environment – that'll slap 'em down.

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9 responses to “Post Traumatic Toilet Stress Syndrome

  1. Salamaat,
    OMG you need to stop having me laugh out loud..i look crazy around here:p

    this is hilarious…

    after having been thru’ fast food jobs, i appreciate anything i got after college…

    short cubicles suck..they need to be banned. as if the notion of cubicles wasn’t bad enuff!

  2. 🙂 I’m beaming at you, as I’m assuming you were reffering to my blog. If not, i look like a moron and you all have permission to laugh at me.
    Too bad about your job, but look at the *bright* side- you have a better one now. 😆

  3. Indeed I was Happychick, I should have actually included a link, my apologies. And yes, my current job looks reeeeeally good in comparison to this past one.

    Salamaat Maliha. I also worked a range of fast food jobs. I find it's all relative – if everyone in your role gets treated bad you can't expect better. But when you get treated far worse in your job than you would in the same job in another workplace (as in the above example) you need to get out. Which is what I did.

  4. What’s with the Salamaat thing? Confusion…. Have I missed something?

  5. I believe it’s arabic. Just responding politely to Maliha. I’m nothing if not polite. 🙂

  6. The same as I’d say Ciao or Bonjour if I had a German reader.

  7. Mr Angry, did you see Team America? Hilarious!

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