I'm at work on the shop floor. I notice three assembly / test stations. Two are occupied; the one in the middle is vacant. I overhear two people discussing that empty station. They are suggesting that our IT guy take it over to use as his office. "That's really ridiculous," I think to myself.
The two other stations are for different operations in our process. I think of other areas of the building in which the stations aren't grouped logically by operation. One area should be devoted in its entirety to, say, soldering. However, the way the production managers have arranged things, the soldering stations are scattered in different areas.
I recall how things were when I first joined the company about 20 years ago. At least they understood the simple concept of workflow. The company seems to be degenerating.
Now I'm outside at the loading dock with DM, with whom I share part time IT duties. He asks me, "Are you coming with me?" At first I don't understand so I respond, "Where are you going?" But suddenly I infer that his question is about quitting the company and getting a new job somewhere else. I nod.
Since we're outside and visible to many, DM hides his mouth each time he talks in case someone who reads lips is nearby. He actually bends overs and talks into his knees. But when I respond, I don't bother to cover my mouth much. I'm more concerned about how I'm wearing nothing but "tighty-white" underpants, so I'm squeezing myself into a hidden corner of the area, partly behind some equipment.