Have you ever had your idea turned down, only to be later presented by someone else, getting a roaring round of applause?
That seems to be the theme of the month at my work place. I’m trying to be grand and not too petty about it, but grr…
My colleague and I have been sending each other GIF’s of growling bambis in Teams chats, and using the crazy and puking-something-green emojis so much that they have become automatic suggestions by the helpful software genie that lives behind my screen. (Hello there, thanks.) Complaining could never be easier.
And eye-rolling! That is particularly well suited for video conference calls where the video is turned off to secure a better wifi experience. You can do it openly now, and no one will see you!
All sarcasm aside, I do love working from home and I would rather have meetings on Teams than in person. I was the kid who never liked group work at school, because I wasn’t loud enough to be convincing, and also because I always seemed to think of things differently than everyone else, making their joint approach feel illogical to me and hard to follow. I would arrive at the same place, but following a different path. In individual school work, that wasn’t a problem and I always got good grades. But teamwork was tough.
At work now, I put on a teamwork attitude in the morning, but real live meetings always felt like an utter waste of time, to be honest. Meetings where nothing happened, nothing was agreed upon, and people played with their phones. Meetings that prevented people from actually getting anything done, because their days were filled with meetings, talking about what should be done, theoretically, if they had the time.
Virtual meetings are more efficient, if you ignore the obligatory 5 minute small talk in the beginning where everyone laments how they would much rather be meeting live, and working from home in general is just more efficient. Saving time on commuting is amazing, and I’ve grown so used to being makeup-free that even when I try, I can barely apply my eyeliner and mascara anymore. I’ve simply lost touch of how it was done neatly, and I don’t miss it.
A while ago, I mentioned that jargon had made a big comeback at the office. That hasn’t changed. I can still barely understand half of what my newer colleagues – freshly arrived from other companies – are saying. I try googling the words, but Finnish is such a small language that the searches land zero results.
I read an article about a creative, hipster-run company that is experimenting with giving their employees the freedom to take as much annual leave as they want, whenever they want. Our Prime Minister is also talking about reducing working hours so everyone would have more time to spend with their loved ones and hobbies, and that would give the unemployed more work opportunities. She is getting negative feedback but I agree with her 100% and hope she manages to pull it off.
As in other parts of life, it will take a long time for regular companies to follow the hipsters, but after a rainy summer holiday during 3,5 weeks allotted to me half a year ago, when we had no idea what the weather would turn out like, I do hope valuing one’s personal life will turn into a growing trend. These rules are all arbitrary, after all. We could change them, if we wanted to. Just like we changed the working from home in your PJ’s rule.
And while I’m googling words and longing for a more freelance type of working culture, co-workers are presenting the same ideas I had two years ago as original and new, and others are chitchatting in virtual meetings about how awful it was to hear a jet ski’s noise at their private lakeside residence during the weekend. As a dear blogger friend said, life goes on, despite Covid worries.