Avid readers may recall my morning ritual of desk booking at work. 3 months have passed and the ritual stays more or less the same. Except more and more of our colleagues are moving into our building. Seats become a scarce resource. Good seats in especially. And scarce resource always drive bizarre human behaviors, much like what our history tells us. Bosses ask the subordinates to book the desks for the entire team (we can only book our desks online up to one week in advance). Some occupy the seats establishing the first-come-first-take rule. Some bring the company laptops home and book the seats in early morning, in wee hours. Wow! It’s just a seat you know!
Colleagues often ask me why I choose to sit in different seats almost every day. Well, given a choice, I would love to be stationary somewhere. But since it has never come across my mind that I have to work hard to book “my favorite seat”, I don’t bother.
Previously, there is a S$5 fine if we don’t show up at the desk that we book (note: no one cares if we show up at work but rather at the desk). That doesn’t seem to work. On paper, every day is a full house. In reality, it is hardly so. Hence recently, the fine is increased to S$50. That raises some eyebrows of course.
If there is one thing history tells us, we human beings are creative in finding ways to get around the system. Increasingly, we are seeing seats being released in the very morning. But for those who have already booked a crappy seat one week ago or have decided to work from home because there is no seat available, how does it matter?