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A Significant Passing Comment [Jul. 27th, 2004|10:40 pm]
Nicodemus
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Yesterday had a noteworthy occurance but I haven't had a chance to write until now.

I work at a largish tech company's main campus. It's a collection of four three-story buildings with about a thousand people on site. But the buildings are actually designed with some aesthetic consideration rather than the bleakly efficient architecture of nearby industrial and commercial plazas.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a brief break after staring at my monitor for two hours straight willing a bug to reveal itself. (Didn't work.) I walked around the campus for a bit to stretch my legs. The campus is filled with wide walks, shady trees, and well-maintained planting beds. (If I remember to bring a camera to work, I'll post some pictures.) It's certainly more pleasant getting to work in the morning than when I worked in the converted warehouse.

What I'm saying is that it's really nice for a corporate campus and it cheered me up. So I decided to tell someone. I looked up the head of facilities, who happened to be in my building and in his cube at the time. I introduced myself and he had a trepidacious look of someone accustomed to being ambushed with complaints. I told him about my walk and thoughts; he was quite delighted. Although facility quality shows up on employee surveys, it seems that people very rarely deliver comments in person. After I left, he sent out an email to all of the maintenance and groundskeeping staff to let them know that they'd actually received an unsolicited compliment.

His secretary passed me in the break room at the end of the day. "You know, you really made his day!" she said. "You're a saint for taking the time to do that." And the thing is, I'm sure many employees think about it, it's just that no one takes the time to say it.

So that's my inspiring message. Take a couple minutes and deliver a random compliment to someone overlooked. It's time well spent.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2004-07-28 03:51 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't type late at night. Mothermonster likes to tell the head nurse when she's received good care.
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[User Picture]From: _wastrel
2004-07-28 07:04 am (UTC)
This isn't going to sound like much, but sounds on topic to me: I'd just like to tell you that, of all people on my friends list, you were perhaps the first of a total of two who added me without me having added them first.
When people add me after I've added them first, I don't really know if it's from interest or just to be polite, so I really appreciated that and I'd been meaning to let you know about it.
I read through the articles on your website and didn't find them boring, and as you might have noticed I snatched the FAH banner from it.
So that was my random compliment to someone overlooked. :-)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-28 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I added you since I figured your journal would be interesting, as indeed it is. (Though I confess I don't always have enough time to read it properly.)

FAH banner?
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[User Picture]From: _wastrel
2004-07-30 08:41 am (UTC)
Unless I'm gravely mistaken, at the bottom of your Furry Code (linked to in your user info), under a sentence that reads "There some issues too serious to be ignored", is this:
http://www.foxes.de/FAH/,
along with the code to cut and paste onto one's livejournal, like so:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/_wastrel/10399.html

As for my LJ, I don't expect everyone on my list to read everything in it, just the posts that are of interest to them specifically.
I tend to get long-winded, and on very "niche" topics, at that, and I'd rather let others filter the flow to them than to have to do something about it on my end. :-)
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2004-07-28 08:12 am (UTC)
You don't post often, but I always appreciate it when you do.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-28 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2004-07-28 03:07 pm (UTC)
"Dear maintenance,

I was just thinking as I was struggling with the broken cypherlock to my lab, how little asbestos seems to be raining down on me nowdays when I'm in the highbay - good work!"

:)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-07-28 10:42 pm (UTC)
Part of the trick can be finding a person who needs a compliment.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2004-07-28 04:57 pm (UTC)
*grins* I wave at strangers on the way to work or home. Usually they get a silly little grin and wave back. I imagine that they're thinking, 'Who the heck is that?'

Yesterday, though, on the way home from work, I caught a glimpse of someone driving the exact same car I was, which is a feat considering I drive an '89 Mazda 323. So I resolve to wave whether they're looking my direction or not --

---and lo and behold, as soon as they drive up to sighting range, the driver of that car is already giving me the thumbs up, and her passenger is waving at me. We share a silly grin, and then she speeds off.

There are friendly people out there. And I already know you're one of them. We just need to remind the rest of the world more often.

-Traveller

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[User Picture]From: wyoon
2004-08-24 09:36 am (UTC)
I went on one of my random peaks at other journals this morning before work. I happened to just read this one post completely in the process. I like the message. That was cool of you to do. I tend to do that from time to time. Excellent post. Later
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