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Permanent charm offensive

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Yesterday they moved me five computers down the row.

Down the row. At least that is how I am interpreting it. It could, of course, be five places up depending on where you start. But, since I am further away from the new idiot junior partner who has been told to sort out the logistics of the office, I do not think so. I am not at all sure what it means.

At least I am pretty sure what it means, it is just that I do not want to think too much about it. People I have asked in the office have looked courteously blank, even maliciously blank, I think in one case. And it is, of course, worrying - any shift in the balance of power in the office is. Well, not so much power as what you might call the politics of placement: you are where you sit.

Whatever, maybe it is the change in the employment laws, after all. A lot of the architects here are long-hire agency people who the partners want to keep on during this brief flurry of work.

Permanently, if possible. But they have to pay so much to the agencies when they make someone permanent. From the summer onwards, with the new 2001 Employment Agencies regulations, they won't have to. So, probably, I am being moved down the line in a schmooze offensive directed at the agency people who will be a hell of a lot cheaper if they agree to come on the permanent staff.

Maybe, though, they are just hinting that it is time to move on.

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