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Oh dear. [Apr. 18th, 2007|07:15 am]
randomposting
[Current Location |At my bacteria laden desk]
[mood |fullfull]
[music |people chatting about their paychecks]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSECv2xvzlk

A short film I like with some awesome imagery.



And ewwww.

An office desk (supposedly, Lord I hope it's not true) has 400 times more bacteria then a toilet.

And my desk is a mess. I don't like this factoid. Not one bit.

*shudder*
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2007-04-18 12:29 pm (UTC)
I guess that's what happens when the boss shits on you.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:49 am (UTC)
LOL! Where do you work!?!
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2007-04-19 08:00 am (UTC)
I work for Frito Lay. This company is the best I've ever worked for, and I seriously think it may be the one I retire from (40+ years down the road) but previous companies I've worked for I could see doing this
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 06:48 pm (UTC)
lol. nice. :) Do you get awesome benefits?
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2007-04-20 04:17 am (UTC)
awesome does not even begin to describe it. I'm already overpaid, as they like to be in the 5% if not number one in the area in terms of wages, great medical. dental, legal benefits, they put up $60 for steel toes once a quarter (got my second pair of Timberlands today) and the work is relatively easy. Plus, that's not including the GM, Ford, and Dell discounts, and also the education benefits. (up to 75% of tuition) Basically, I get all that and 13.27 (not including OT, which is almost a guarantee) to work out for over 40 hours a week. I love it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-20 04:18 am (UTC)
Niiiice!
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[User Picture]From: phekkin_nej
2007-04-18 01:10 pm (UTC)
I have to share my desk, so you can imagine how nasty it would be if I didnt clean it. I get bored working 3rd shift so I have clean stuff in my drawer and break it out often.

I have the Lysol wipes and I will ask other people on my team if they would like a wipe to clean their desk & believe it or not the normally say no to which I respond "it kills 99.9% bacteria & germs" and then they will want one to clean their desk. ;)

I am evil. maybe. or. maybe I just dont like to be sick from office colds!
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2007-04-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
Of course, colds are caused by viruses, and anti-bacterial Lysol and other products don't really deal with viruses.  There's also the fact that we've been living around bacteria all our lives and we're still here.  The number of times they cause us problems, in relation to just how omnipresent they are, is quite tiny.  And, of course, we need them—to help digestion in our guts, for example.

I'd be more concerned about the effects (on our health, and on that of other species and the only planet we have to live on) of obtaining and processing all these resources to make so many cans of Lysol, these wipes, &c.  I'm not suggesting that we stop being clean or completely stop making and using products that help us stay healthy; but we have been known to take things too far in one direction at the neglect of heading in other, much more vital directions.  For example, the average amount of time in which disinfectants are allowed to do their jobs on surfaces in U.S. hospitals is generally ineffective, even though hospitals are full of people with infections—and yet people wipe down their office desks every day (again, usually for too short a time for the product to do its job properly) even though they were touched by pretty much a few healthy people and some paper.

Last point in my babble:  I wish workers would understand that sick days aren't just so they can rest at home—they're also so that the rest of the workforce doesn't have to be exposed to whatever the contagion is.  If silly Becky would just stay home when she's sick, rather than smearing her snotty hands all over my desk phone while coughing into it, maybe I wouldn't have to worry about whether I was going to catch her bug by touching my own phone.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:53 am (UTC)
It's too bad Silly Becky probably has only a specific amount of paid time off, or sick days she can use before Silly Becky becomes sad unemployed Becky. :( It's a really shitty situation out there for peoplethat get sick and the repercussions that are there for people taking care of themselves at a lot of workplaces.
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2007-04-19 04:31 am (UTC)
I know.  This situation has gotten way out of hand in recent years in this country.  We have people using their sick days for vacation because they don't get enough vacation days to really relax and thus be better workers—and yet we also have many people who are so afraid (and often for good reason) of losing our jobs that they come in when they're sick and also don't go on their vacations.  Every solution is going to have drawbacks; but something needs to change with this workaholism.  It seems that both employers and employees have forgotten what kinds of schedules and workloads lead to healthy, productive, happy workforces.  The last long office job I had, I didn't have benefits until I'd been there more than a year, and I didn't get paid when I wasn't there—so I took only a single day off in my first whole year there.  Did working all those days without a break make me a more valuable employee?  In somebody's eyes, probably yes.  In reality, probably no.

[/rant] [/babble]
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 06:47 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It's a big mess. :(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:50 am (UTC)
*shudder*

Oh Lord, I am SO glad I don't have to share my desk with anyone.

Haha, I'm disorganized enough, I don't need other peoples grossness to intermingle with mine.

Plus I chew on pens. It's baaad.
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[User Picture]From: aongeli
2007-04-18 02:03 pm (UTC)
When you think about it, how often do toilets get cleaned with disinfectant vs. how often do desks? We tend to dust furniture, not spray it down with rubbing alchohol... and all the little invisibles don't just go away after the sneezes or the sandwich crumbs or whatever...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:51 am (UTC)
True. *nod* I guess it doesmake sense... I just don't want it too. LOOL
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-04-18 03:05 pm (UTC)
*germaphobe*

I carry hand sanitizer... and i have hospital dissinfectant spray placed strategically around my house.

And i get PISSED when i get a cold... like... "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!?!"
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:51 am (UTC)
lol. niiice. Viruses don't give a shit about your antibacteria. ;)
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[User Picture]From: lil_miss_s
2007-04-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
My desk = my bacteria. Office toilet = Everyone's bacteria. I'll take my desk thanks.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:55 am (UTC)
*nod* True.
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[User Picture]From: chillygator
2007-04-18 03:33 pm (UTC)
So, yeah, I read this and cleaned my desk. It was time, anyway. I keep the Lysol wipes and clean usually once every week or two.

At one of my old jobs I was on the phones the whole time and if I'd go to lunch a guy would come down and take my phones for awhile (he'd also get in earlier than me and take them in the morning). He was THE most sickly person ever. Always sniffling and coughing on my phone and computer. I'd get in and wipe everything down every morning until my boss said doing that offended the guy. Then I had to wait until he left to clean it.

I'm not a very good sharer in that way (o:

Maybe I'm not artsy enough, but that movie was kind of strange. Beautifully filmed, but strange.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:56 am (UTC)
Psh. Then your box should get him an f'ng phone of his own to be sick in! That sucks. Screw them.

-- And it is strange, but I liked it.
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2007-04-18 04:53 pm (UTC)

Ewwwwwww.

That is nasty....lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 02:57 am (UTC)

Re: Ewwwwwww.

Mmhmm.
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From: garuparu90
2007-04-18 07:46 pm (UTC)
I can't decide what that video makes me feel.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 03:00 am (UTC)
*nod* Are you certain if it's positive or negative?
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[User Picture]From: faerie_mistress
2007-04-18 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's not about the amounts of bacteria, it's the kinds. There's more (and often nastier) types of bacteria found in the human mouth than up your rectum, and some of the nasties that live in our saliva are there purely to take up the space so other, illness-causing types don't move in.

The majority of bacteria is harmless, with a fair percentage being helpful to the human body. If your desk is covered with E.Coli, streptomyacin and the fun things that cause cholera, Ebola and diphtheria there could be an issue, but once again those bacteria are on EVERYTHING we touch anyway, it's the concentration that will cause sickness, that and a personal susceptibility.
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[User Picture]From: randomdan
2007-04-19 12:20 am (UTC)
Ebola is a virus!

Sorry, molecular bio geek ;[
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 03:02 am (UTC)
lol. I wasn't gonna comment, cause I wasn't certain.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 03:02 am (UTC)
*nod*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-04-19 06:46 pm (UTC)
*nod* Poop, though?
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