Lots of “honking” from the flat under mine and, presto…! My computer freezes again and I have to flip the power switch on the wall to get my computer out of the freeze.
And my computer – again – asking me if I want to leave the site. And no, it had nothing to do with browser windows or tabs.
Now here is the thing that I want employers in southeastern England and London – where the incidence of workplace bullying is relatively high – to be much more aware of… If you have such people like my downstairs neighbour as employees, you may also have other employees for example having to wonder much too often whether their cup of tea contains any urine.
Either of these groups of employees may be very talented. But to what extent are they able to benefit your company, when one spends too much time bullying others and the other spends too much time being very tense and jittery?
Not all workplace tension can be resolved easily. But some of it can. And you as an employer have a duty to do your best-est to help your staff be the best they can be. If you don’t, some of your staff may quit and then sue you for constructive dismissal.
And for those who wonder what I was doing… I am in the middle of building a clean enclosure so that – instead of potentially having to spend thousands by letting some company do this for me – I can take a look at my hard disk drive and see if there is anything wrong with it that I can solve long enough to get my data off it.
A nice coincidence is that it will allow me to use the polycarbonate panes that I ordered some time ago for a different purpose. (Our front door.) I will very likely have to cut one – or maybe I can let them overlap or stick out – and I will have to tape the two panes together. But they should work. The alternative would have been to go buy something else. Why do that if I already have something at hand that may work well enough?
The flat I live in has a truly insane amount of dust in the air – owing to the landlord special on the floor, I am sure – and that gets into hard disk drives too. So it’s possible that the heads of my hard disk drive have a lot of dust on them. There is no way that I am going to look at this drive without building a clean enclosure first, in any case.
Of course, having to throw the power off your drives all the time and powering them up again is not something that tends to make hard disk drives very happy either. It tends to land heads crashing into the platters.
As do… well, let’s call it “electrical issues”… Not make HDDs happy, I mean.
For those of you out there who now panic… no worries, I have some Class-100 clean lab experience so I am not a complete novice.
And for those of you who still don’t believe me, yes, I am a scientist. You can take the person out of science but you can’t take the scientist out of the person.
Too many people out there seem to think that science is like doing your taxes. No! Not at all! But then again, too many people out there have no idea what true entrepreneurship is like either. They are not necessarily that different.
It has a lot to do with rising above yourself in life. It is about taking yourself and your own petty little issues out of the equation and focusing on things outside of you, things that exist completely independent of you. It is about indulging in that and accepting that relative to all those things, you are not much. Just a little gear wheel, at best. That’s bliss, that’s wealth.