So, you can’t lock your door, scowls and grumbles are impolite, and you can’t go to a coffee shop and get work done because you’re mucking around with specialized equipment that’s not portable. Also, tricks like orange traffic cones and string barriers do not deter the type of people who believe they are above “the joke,” or think that a mere five minutes will not distract you. So what do you do if you are constantly being interrupted and you have to get stuff done?
If you have a guest chair, people will feel comfortable and welcome and stay to chat. They will put their asses down, natter away, and you will accomplish little.
If you do not have a guest chair, visitors will go find one from a nearby cubie, plonk the chair down and similarly settle in.
However, if you already have a guest chair, you can make it unusable by putting something on it — not an object easily moved, but (say) equipment that is wired up to other stuff and is difficult to displace . Guests will then not overstay their welcome. Furthermore, they will often be unconscious as to why they are leaving sooner than they otherwise might, so it’s not like you’re actively and rudely shooing them away.
I have been quite busy the last couple of months. However, a flu bug seems to have made a temporary home inside me, resulting in time for this posting, and you may be thankful I am not on Twitter.
I will have more to say when Ship Time is over.