THE DEALERSHIP — Open office concepts are often the norm in business today. It may save money upfront in office space overhead, but at what cost?
The "victims" of cubicles have a different story. Distractions are everywhere, it's never quiet, and there's zero sense of privacy. And that's just in a normal office and not in an office that's trying too hard to make their office culture... "social."
Basically, it can be tough being a cubicle jockey (she said with over 20 years of experience working in a cubicle.)
However, there are occasional happenstances that make cubicle life worth it — well, maybe just worth it for a few minutes.
In this video, a car salesman named Ben Teaney is on the phone exploring a customer's needs. But right next to him, chaos is unfolding.
The poor coworker in the next desk over, Ray Monks, is helplessly cradling his computer to the floor as his desk completely crumbles in front of him. Into a big heap. Which you would believe in a movie but highly doubt in real life. That kind of crumbling heap.
There's nothing Ray can do but sit in his chair and wonder where his life went wrong.
But Ben doesn't miss a beat with his customer. He doesn't even emit a strangled giggle as he both finishes the calls and films the crumbling desk incident. And he does with the natural calmness many salespeople have developed in their unpredictable jobs. It's actually an impressive act of professionalism.
Let us all have a moment of silence for Ray Monks' desk. May both Ray and the desk find peace.