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Celia Cyanide
04-08-2010, 08:03 PM
I have a cubicle job, but it's at a clinic, so it's not really the same thing.

My protaginist is sitting on his desk when a coworker comes up behind him and asks him a question and startles him. They don't even finish the conversation, and they immediately start talking about something else. But I just need a reason for the coworker to approach him. He doesn't really know him, and he would never talk to him unless it was work related. So it can't be, "hey, what's up?"

I like an idiot, but I don't even know what they would talk about at corporate job! Thanks, in advance, for your help.

Tasmin21
04-08-2010, 08:09 PM
"Did you get that memo?"

"You got lunch plans?"

"Have you seen the Walker file?"

"Did you see the new chick in accounting?"

ETA: "Do you know how to unjam the printer?"

Noah Body
04-08-2010, 08:21 PM
I was going to say a printer as well, actually!

DeleyanLee
04-08-2010, 08:23 PM
"Could you turn your music down?"

CaroGirl
04-08-2010, 08:28 PM
I'm canceling this afternoon's meeting.
Can you email me that file?
Want to see this new photo of my kid/grandkid/nephew/niece?
Did you hear that Joe got fired yesterday?

DeleyanLee
04-08-2010, 08:29 PM
So and so was looking for you about ten minutes ago. Did they catch up with you?

cscarlet
04-08-2010, 08:29 PM
Where is the secretary? (Did _____ call in sick today?)

Is it true/have you heard if they're downsizing ____ department?

Do we really have to attend this mandatory sexual harassment training?

Have you addressed [issue] for [clients] yet?

CaroGirl
04-08-2010, 08:31 PM
Is the meeting this afternoon in the Boardroom or the Training Room?

DeleyanLee
04-08-2010, 08:32 PM
Do you have a pen? There's none in the supply closet.

FebruaryStars
04-08-2010, 08:33 PM
I've got a memo for A. Protaganist.... is that you?

DeleyanLee
04-08-2010, 08:34 PM
The email I sent to you bounced. Any idea why?

Gretad08
04-08-2010, 08:36 PM
I'm going with the printer thing too. Have the printer/copier/fax next to protagonists's desk and then character B will have to be next to the cubicle.



This just came off the fax for you.

Can I borrow your stapler?

Do you know how to collate a file on the printer?

Do you have a post-it?

FebruaryStars
04-08-2010, 08:48 PM
.....I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...
~Milton Waddams in Office Space

You could just watch this film for lots of inspiration :)

jennontheisland
04-08-2010, 08:53 PM
Broken printer
Absent admin staff
Meeting room change
Sudden client issue
Emails are down

suki
04-08-2010, 08:59 PM
"Did I hear you're __________?"

"Huh. How'd you get it to do that?" (sneaking a peak at MC's computer)

Any kind of corporate culture lobbying - ie, guy wants something added or removed from the breakroom, the floor, the building...and is rallying support.

Any kind of corporate bragging - ie, guy was just named top producer/seller/rep/broker/ etc. and is strutting around.

Any kind of did you see/hear/meet/get... that makes sense for your plot/corporation.

I always think corporate, cubicle settings are like highschool with more stratified and defined castes. So, there's always gossip, jockeying for support, digging up dirt, etc.

~suki

quickWit
04-08-2010, 09:00 PM
"Dude, your fly is down."

jennontheisland
04-08-2010, 09:05 PM
Buy x for my kid's fundraiser.

backslashbaby
04-08-2010, 09:06 PM
If they don't work in that section, they might ask where to find who is in charge of XXX (the customer parts database, the network in Mexico, [ordering] the yarn for the Gap shirts, etc).

Or they might just be asking where a specific person's office is.

Packages addressed just to the building also bring strange workers up to ask your opinion :) They want someone who knows something/works in that area to take charge of it so they can go back to what they do.

quickWit
04-08-2010, 09:07 PM
"You're fired. Here's a shoebox for your personal affects. You've got 5 minutes to gather your things before security escorts you from the premises.

Nice working with you."

ricketybridge
04-08-2010, 11:19 PM
Do you know where so-and-so's office is?

Celia Cyanide
04-09-2010, 01:09 AM
Thanks, people! These are great! I have chosen my dialog, but keep them coming if you think of more.

I know it's a small thing, but I hate it when there is a one line in a movie that just takes you right out of it because you can tell the writer had no idea what the chatacters were supposed to be doing.

ReallyRong
04-09-2010, 02:23 AM
If your characters have anything to do with IT then it would be something along the lines of:

1. Do you really think this project has got any chance of success?
2. I'm thinking of sending out an email to everyone saying that the project is doomed to fail unless
we change things and start doing x and y instead of z. Where are you on this?
3. How can I remove the last 18 months from my cv/resume?

Linda Adams
04-09-2010, 03:53 AM
Considering everyone does that to me because of where mine is located ... near a copier, and with the network printer in my cube.

I need help with the copier. It's jammed.

Can I borrow your staple remover/stapler?

Is so-and-so going to be in? Or Do you know where so-and-so is?

Can you send me a copy of the org chart?

Can you print a copy of (Smith briefing, spreadsheet, etc.)?

Do you know who else handles (fill in blank)? So-and-so isn't in.

Can you show me how to (do something in Word, PowerPoint, Excel)?

Do you know where so-and-so sits?

Is this yours? (taking off someone's print job on the network printer)

Is your email slow?

Are you having trouble with the Internet?

Send me the link to the newsletter.

Did anything print over here?

Come see me.

(Name of big boss) wants to see you.

Do you have a CD?

kuwisdelu
04-09-2010, 05:06 AM
"Excuse me. I believe you have my stapler."

shaldna
04-09-2010, 12:14 PM
''can you put your pants back on please''

frimble3
04-09-2010, 01:32 PM
Do you want to sign the card/donate for X's retirement/baby/bereavement? Or, indeed, gossip about X's 'retirement'/babydaddy/excuses for days off?

mccardey
04-09-2010, 01:34 PM
Do you know how to work the internets?

Linda Adams
04-09-2010, 02:11 PM
Forgot one:

Want a chocolate? (Accompanied by a box containing a pound of chocolate someone gave the person).

mtrenteseau
04-10-2010, 07:38 AM
If person B knows person A slightly, then I could imagine something like this:

"Hi, you helped me with the medical benefits accrual last month. Do you handle the dental and vision accrual too, or is that someone else?"

Once you've solved a problem efficiently, people think you're the go-to for everything. :)

OneWriter
04-10-2010, 05:39 PM
We used to have these back-up systems in our cubicles that worked on a battery that needed to be replaced every two years. Close to the dying time of the battery they would go off once or twice a day with 2 minutes of really annoying beeps, it reminded me of the crickets in New England: a high-pitched, hammering beep. Most of us learned to ignore it, but then from time to time a perfect stranger would poke his or her head in and go, "What the heck is that?"

(they got replaced last January and we are all much happier!!)

I run simulations, and that was the most common situation when a perfect stranger would step into my cubicle. Other people that step in are my collaborators, and we all know each other.

waylander
04-11-2010, 02:45 PM
Do you want to sign the card/donate for X's retirement/baby/bereavement? Or, indeed, gossip about X's 'retirement'/babydaddy/excuses for days off?


Or
"Have you seen X's leaving/baby/wedding card?"
Cards in my place of work get passed along without someone bringing them around, hence people come by chasing up on them.

Linda Adams
04-11-2010, 04:12 PM
We used to have these back-up systems in our cubicles that worked on a battery that needed to be replaced every two years. Close to the dying time of the battery they would go off once or twice a day with 2 minutes of really annoying beeps, it reminded me of the crickets in New England: a high-pitched, hammering beep. Most of us learned to ignore it, but then from time to time a perfect stranger would poke his or her head in and go, "What the heck is that?"

(they got replaced last January and we are all much happier!!)

I run simulations, and that was the most common situation when a perfect stranger would step into my cubicle. Other people that step in are my collaborators, and we all know each other.

Sounds like our copier! :) When it runs out of paper, it beeps loudly (evidently to cover up the fact that the display shows "Paper Out" in very small 3 pt letters). When it jams--which is often--it also beeps. So I'm constantly hearing "Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!" Clearly the person who designed it didn't have a desk near one.

DrZoidberg
04-12-2010, 03:40 PM
There's a lot of jokes about people not working very hard and just hanging on forums and such.