The Blog Goes Ever On And On
Fighting an unpleasant headcold which is going around the office. Offices are built for easy transmission of disease, and ours more so than most. In addition to the veal-pen-like proximity of the workers (the cubes are low and close - excellent for both communication and communicability), we have a large number of young people on the staff with children, who with the return of school become their own disease vectors, which get carried in-house.
We also have a thick-headed policy of the "time bank" - they lump all vacation and sick time together, and you take it from a common source as personal time off. Problem is, most people would rather take personal time off for vacation as opposed to illness, so in most borderline cases ("I'm not dead yet!") would rather show up for work as opposed to take the necessary downtime. Its one of those corporate policies that had to be created by someone who never had to work under it.
Lastly, of course, there is the simple fact that the work is very enjoyable and rewarding. Despite the cost of personal time, I would have thought twice about coming in if not for the fact that I just had a peer review of a new design, and am cracking to implement some of the suggestions.