screenshot-2016-12-11-18-08-55In the open plan office the dynamics, interaction, politics, focus, frustration and pressure all crowd in alongside the small talk, lack of personal space and the wider work environment. Some days all that’s left is an expletive.

Listen to a narrator

F**k the open plan office
Today I’m really busy
Have lots of things to do
I’m really very focused
On these issues being pushed through

I know the office layout
Is designed to encourage debate
And whilst sometimes I’d enjoy this
Today has a different fate

I don’t care what you did last night
Or what was on TV
Frankly I’m only interested in,
My work, today it’s a priority

So please notice that my nodding
Really isn’t that engaged
And my uh-huhs and lack of eye contact
Is real, the annoyance isn’t staged

Your constant fucking wittering
Is driving me insane
Will you shut the fuck up for a minute
Your conversation is inane

Great, here comes the charity collector
“What really, 100 miles for sick toys?”
I honestly couldn’t care less today
You’re just adding to the noise

And now the megaphone voice manager
With nothing else to do
So they walk around, annoying
And joining in with you

So I know these work issues
Really needed pushing through
But this out of control office
Fuck it, Fuck them, Fuck you.


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This poem is narrated by Andy Denham.


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