We Interrupt this Comic…

Oreville’s stats are sadly true. The efficiencies of technology have made distractions more accessible than ever. This never happened when people used typewriters. (ha!)

This comic was inked using Manga Studio Pro, with colors, text and borders created in Photoshop. I will use this workflow until I develop more of a handle with using Manga Studio Pro.

Manga Studio Pro inks 5-22-11 strip

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  • Kevin RubinReply
    May 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I know I have a lot of trouble getting “in the zone” at my current job… Even when no one’s interrupting me specifically there’s so much going on.

    Our front door is locked and visitors (which actually includes the boss’s side business that’s using a few desks in our office and includes a couple of smokers who take frequent breaks) have to ring the bell to be let in (either by pressing 6 on an office phone or physically opening the door). Unfortunately one phone got destroyed in a water leak from above, so I had to give up my phone to the other guy and that means when no one else answers I have to actually put my sandals on, get up from my desk and go open the door.

    The boss is one of those who either doesn’t bother to carry his key to work (he only lives three blocks away) or doesn’t like to put in the effort to dig it out of his pocket and unlock the door to let himself in. If anyone is losing out on lost productivity due to interruptions, it’s him, since he has a financial stake in people concentrating on their work…

    Half the people who come in come to see the boss, who frequently just works from his home, so they interrupt my work, ask for the boss, then immediately walk out.

    Quite a few visitors are on the cell phones when they arrive, so after being let in, just stand behind my desk and talk away loudly…

    It’s really an annoying office space to work in.

  • KrishnaReply
    May 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Yikes. That’s almost as bad as having an office right next to the restroom. Any chance you could telecommute Kevin?

    • Kevin RubinReply
      May 24, 2011 at 5:31 am

      I think I gave up the chances of telecommuting when I chose a higher powered desktop for my development machine over a more portable laptop… In any case, we’re finally moving offices today, from our rented office to a row house the boss purchased himself. We’ll see if it’s different…

      Speaking of “having an office right next to the restroom” at my previous company in India the workers must’ve said “if you’re not next to the restroom, we’ll bring the restroom to you.”

      My team moved into new office space before the walls and things were up, and we had a direct line, right over the tape on the floors indicating the walls, to the restroom. But once the work started to install the walls, we had laborers in the office doing construction for about three months.

      At first they were working at nights. I’d be the first company employee in most mornings and I’d find the laborers made massive messes by any hot drink machines (mostly dispensing instant chai and coffee) with powdery-milky drinks smeared on every flat surface, so the whole office stank of rotting milk.

      In India almost all drink machines have a slop bucket nearby. I also found the laborers were using the slop buckets by the machines, one of which was next to my desk, as toilets… It was nasty!

      At that point I complained to the managers about this. They changed it so the laborers then worked during the day, so they were better supervised, although that meant power equipment and yelling all through the workday… A no-win situation for us software developers…

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