though! his! job! was! routinary,! he! liked! his!
working!environment.!!Moreover,!he!valued!! ! the!fact!he!was!not!working!on!an!open!office! layout,! like! his! last! job,! which! he! found! extremely! annoying.! Sharing! a! table! with! his!
able! to! focus! was! a! no! go! for! him.!But! in! his! ! It# was# another# day# at# the# office# for# Albert# Smith.# His# day# had# started# at# 7# am# when# he# woke#up#in#his#small#flat#in#Amsterdam,#which# he#shared#with#3#people.#It#was#small,#dirty#and# overpriced,#but#the#endless#nights#looking#for#a# place# in# expat# websites,# Facebook# and# agencies,#due#to#housing#shortage,#led#him#to# take#this#room#in#the#outskirts#of#the#city.# ! Albert! had! been! working! for! a! year! as! a! customer! service! agent! for! a! new! IT! services! company! located! in! the! second! floor! of! an! office! building! in! Rotterdam.! He! didnâ€™t! like! commuting!every!day,!but!once!he!got!into!the! building! he! enjoyed! working! in! a! clean! environment,!having!a!proper!heating!system! and!most!of!all!he!fancied!his! desk!which!he! kept!clean!and!tidy.!His!desk!was!his!shelter.!It! was!composed!two!tables,!enclosed!by!middle! height! walls,! a! very! comfortable! roller! chair,! and!a!phone.!From!9!to!5!he!would!spend!his! day!replying!to!eRmails!from!customers.!Even!
new!office!he!took!pleasure!of!having!a!sense! of! privacy! that! allowed! him! to! focus! on! his! daily! tasks.! The! silence! was! calming! and! it! allowed! him! to! perform! his! tasks! faster.! It! looked!like!the!company!was!putting!effort!in! making!the!office!space!more!pleasant.!In!the! last! months,! they! added! a! small! gym,! a! communal! kitchenette,! areas! for! small! gatherings!and!some!ping!pong!tables!in!order! to!create!a!more!sociable!environment.!! ! Once!the!clock!struck!5!pm,!everybody!started! closing! their! laptops! and! leaving! the! place.! Albert! was! so! focused! on! finishing! an! email! that!he!didnâ€™t!realize!it!was!time!to!leave.!Most! people! seemed! happy! when! it! was! time! to! leave! the! office,! but! Albert! did! not.! He! dreaded!going!back!to!his!place.!The!thought! of!spending!two!and!a!half!hours!in!the!tram! and!train!would!put!him!immediately!in!a!bad! mood.! In! addition! to! that,! he! could! not! tolerate! his! noisy! roommates! and! when! he! finally!arrived!home!he!would!be!so!exhausted! that!it!was!impossible!for!him!to!focus!on!his!
personal! project;! a! piece! of! furniture,! which!
would! make! his! room! a! bit! better.! Before!
and! enjoyed! having! time! for! himself.! It! has!
paying! 700! Euros! per! month! for! 4.5! square!
next! day! he! had! enough! time! for! a! ham! and!
meters! was! a! scam!! Almost! half! of! his! salary!
the! shops! in! front! of! the! building! and! came!
His! plan! had! worked!! He! was! so! happy! with!
and! quiet! at! night.! After! 5! pm,! the! space!
became! unused,! vacant.! The! panorama! of!
almost! 80! empty! desks! made! him! think! that!
Secretly,! he! began! designing! furniture! to!
“Why! couldn’t! I! make! use! of! it?”,! he!
was! a! bed! disguised! as! a! set! of! drawers.!
Nobody! noticed! the! clandestine! use! of! it.! So!
for! someone! to! have! a! good! night’s! sleep.!
he! continued! designing.! After! his! bed,! he!
Without! overthinking,! he! took! a! radical!
designed! a! unit! for! storing! his! possessions.!
Then! a! lamp! for! writing! disguised! as! a! desk!
Staying! there! seemed! so! attractive:! he! could!
organizer.! His! designs! made! his! stay! more!
rest,! focus! and! would! save! a! lot! of! time!
pleasant.! He! continued! doing! the! same!
month! allowed! him! to! start! paying! the! loans!
He! wondered! whether! someone! would! see!
him! sleeping! there,! but! it! seemed! less! likely!
habits! since! he! was! eating! healthy! food,! and!
colleagues’! chairs,! a! blanket! from! the!
to! be! working! fine,! until! one! day! a! coworker!
gathering! room! and! prepared! a! place! for!
lights! of! the! floor! went! on.! He! stood! up! and!
late,! he! had! already! been! seen.! Albert!
was! known! for! being! the! boss's! favorite!
employee! and! a! firstRclass! gossiper.! Albert!
other! colleagues.! In! a! matter! of! weeks,! the!
thought! it! was! the! end.! But! his! colleague!
secret! life! at! night! of! the! building! started! to!
rather! than! being! angry,! was! amazed! by! his!
What! seemed! like! a! crazy! idea,! became! a!
whole! new! lifestyle! in! the! after! hours! of! the!
He! didn’t! report! Albert! or! told! anybody! else.!
Instead,! he! asked! how! he! could! start! doing!
exactly! the! same! thing.! Albert! offered! to!
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Published on Oct 9, 2017