“While you’re here…”

In just 2 minutes, no less than three people uttered the words “while you’re here” to me one day last week. I’ve decided I’m going to have it inscribed on my tombstone.

Possible prefixed with the phrase “Just one more thing”…

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

5 responses to ““While you’re here…””

  1. Dan says :

    Both phrases kill me a little bit inside each time I hear them.

  2. Edith says :

    I say this sometimes to IT staff at my college (I’m a systems librarian) – I’m sorry! It’s meant with good intentions and always used to preface a request that didn’t seem worth logging on the helpdesk in itself.

    From your point of view would you rather have helpdesk calls opened for each thing so you at least knew what you were in for when you turned up, or some other approach? (this is a genuine question…)

    • AngryTechnician says :

      Generally I prefer anything bar the most trivial issues to be logged. For anything trivial, an email is preferred, but I actually don’t mind being nabbed that much – except when it’s blatantly obvious they’ve been saving their questions up!

  3. korifugi says :

    This is the exact reason I usually (jokingly I might add) say “lets start at no and work from there” to any request given to me while passing in a corridor/randomly in a room.

    Although if it is a ‘quick fix’ then it usually gets done straight away…

  4. teachernz says :

    “It’s not urgent but…”

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