No problem at all, it turns out

At this mid-size company that makes barcode scanning systems, this pilot fish is the sole engineer responsible for the software that runs the manufacturing lines.

"For some reason, I was one of a very few who had a double-size office," fish says.

"One day, the facilities people dropped by and informed me that they were reorganizing the floor plans and would need to resize my office space that weekend.

"I pointed to a series of servers sitting in the corner and told them, 'No problem, just make sure that those servers don't get shut down until the last shift on Friday night and are up and working on Monday morning, because every manufacturing line depends on them in order to run.'

"I continued to have a larger office area until I left the company two years later."

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