Many of you know, I’ve long believed there’s a time limit for how long someone can work at a help desk before suffering burn out. (This is true for most people, maybe not all, but I’d put the percent of people that this is true of in the high 90’s!)
Today, when walking to my car I saw a very disheveled middle-aged man, who obviously hadn’t had a change of clothes or shower in a few days, and he was talking. At first I thought perhaps he was on a cell phone, maybe even using Bluetooth, since his hands were empty. As I got closer, however, I and the 3-4 other people waiting on the light to cross the street could clearly see that he did, in fact, not have any sort of Bluetooth device in his ear, he was simply talking to no one.
“Type back slash, then ssrn. Hit enter, then Left shift and enter two more times. Yes, three enters, then shift three times…” (I’m paraphrasing…)
Is this the next step past burn out? Do you just wander down the street giving out technical instructions to no one in particular? Or did he have some new-fangled Bluetooth device that I couldn’t even see hidden in the part of his pants that was rolled up revealing his calf? 🙂
I wonder if anyone got video of him? Maybe I’ll search YouTube…