Friday, March 20, 2009

Does Anyone Walk Around Any More?

When I was a youngster, you'd often see Creatives 'hanging out' in each other's offices.

In the last few years, I think that's declined.

I'm sure we've all got busier. But I also reckon the internet has permanently altered our in-office socialisation (would perhaps be surprising if it hadn't, considering the transformative effect it's had on our social lives in general.)

Think about it. Whenever you have twenty minutes' downtime nowadays, do you pop in to see a mate, or do you click onto a website?

Tell the truth. Oh, and vote in poll (top right of this page).

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think the fact that I'm posting something answers that one

Jetpacks said...

Cue the faux superbusy ones with "Who has 20 minutes of downtime?!?"

We use IM in my office - so we're pretty much in touch all the time - and freer to say things we may not say aloud. Even still, we wander. I can't sit in one place all day.

Anonymous said...

Virtual Creatives are cooler. Fact.

Anonymous said...

just got back from a wank... did i miss anything?

m said...

Walk around Google street view.

Anonymous said...

I sometimes pop out and shag someone from my office. We arrange via email.

Great stress relief i tell thee.

bathblogging.blogspot.com said...

I think the creatives have found out that fucking with each other will only produce stupid kids.

Anonymous said...

who said i was fucking creatives?

Anonymous said...

My boss recently said that she hates Ichat/messenger. If I want to say something to Tom, Dick or Harry, then it's far better to go face to face than ichat/messenger them.

CIUFFEX said...

Sometimes I walkl around, trying to chat with someone - but they are always surfing the net. So, do I.

Clit said...

i cant walk around, i dont have any legs! i drag my stumpy body to places though

Anonymous said...

I walked around my department and everyone agreed this is a pointless thread

Anonymous said...

as a young creative student in my 3rd and final year i always think that the more you talk to people both friends and other people whos work you may see and like can only help both you and the other person you speak too.

talking can only enhance your thinking and therefore your work. so if im not working or at a brick wall i take a stroll and have a chat.

simple

john w. said...

I think everyone needs to get out more. That said I'm off for a pint.

Copybot said...

We don't have offices at my agency, it's open-plan so it's a lot easier to socialise. Everyone talks to each other and kicks footballs around. I think I'd really miss that if I left, I can't imagine every team in a room of their own anymore.

T. Bagger said...

I always stop for a chin wag when returning from the hot beverage making facilities.

redundant rodge said...

A journalist was asked in an interview, "Who are the most interesting people you have ever met?"

As a world renowned journalist he could've picked any number of famous people but his answer was, "Other journalists."

If you're lucky enough to still be working, and even luckier to be working in a good agency, get your arse off your chair and speak to other creatives.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour is de-facto standard of file transmission between us monkeys and a great way to call up on someone who has headphones, but I would rather do my talking in person. I try to leave my office to visit acquaintances at least once a day, if the workload is not too high. I call it break... Between those, the smoke sessions outside the building and the coffee trips, it's truly a feat I manage to do anything.

Anonymous said...

I don't walk around my department much, just in case I can't remember the teams' names. I don't think they like me much anyway. Thank god I'm always away most of the time, filming other people's ideas.

Anonymous said...

Interesting post.
Habits have definitely changed.
We always used to be in each others offices.
But I think email put pay to that to a great extent.
All staff emails are hourly occurrences at our place now. And think how many times you email someone on a different floor rather than just go to their desk nowadays.
The net and computers in general are definitely tying us to our desks more nowadays.

Mike said...

I don't do one thing all the time, that would be boring... don't you like to mix it up?

But yes, generally, it's in the office talking to people, fooling around on the internet or making coffee.

Anonymous said...

Bathblogging: while insulting creatives' intelligence, you may want to check the spelling on the strapline on your poorly written and uninteresting blog. Just in case you haven't the wit to spell correctly without computer assistance, there will be a big red line appearing under the wrong word if you cut and paste it into word.

You're welcome. (let it go scamp? it's defensive. not aggressive)

Anonymous said...

In the olden days even the placements had an office with a sofa in it. Strangely it made communication between people much better because it was pleasant to sit down in someone's office and chat for a bit without everyone listening. And wankers playing their stupid music too loud.

Anonymous said...

In the early 90's I worked for a top ten agency which had a pool table and a beer fridge, so we'd chat all the time. In fact I can't remember ever doing any work.

As a side note the CD's PA could normally be found sleeping under her desk and another secretary did on occasion run up and down the corridor topless. Great days.

Anonymous said...

10:24

Trough is a perfectly valid word, so our bath friend can expect no big red lines.

Anonymous said...

11.10


i think I worked there too.
was the CD a renowned tosser?

Anonymous said...

12:01

I've worked for worse.

Anonymous said...

11.10

I reckon you're talking about DMB&B.

I worked there too. Well, when i say worked, i mean that loosely.

Everyone smoked in their offices and drank beer. A lot. Best laugh i ever had since leaving primary school.

Nik Hastings was the CD and no, he wasn't a tosser 12.01.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like my days at Leo Burnett.
Great fun.
No good work to speak of.
But great fun.

Alan Wolk said...

@Simon: I have noticed this too. But you know well that our kids are going to look at us in puzzlement and ask "what did people do at work before they had the internet?"

Sort of the way we looked at our grandparents and wondered what they did without TV, sitting around the house staring at each other all day...

Anonymous said...

It was indeed DMB&B, great times, and you're right Nick wasn't a tosser, in fact he gave me my first job in advertising. I've not worked for a place since which was as much fun, (mainly because everyone was constantly chatting to each other) and the output wasn't too bad either, I remember the drink drive stuff, Umbro and Fiat all being very good.