Thursday, March 01, 2007

Learning how to work

It hit me the other day, again, that I don't know how to work. Don't like to work. For the longest time, I didn't think of what I did as work. Or a job. I'd wake up at like 7:30, go to the office in T-shirt and jeans. Take off my shoes [there's no better feeling than walking around a carpeted office barefoot], put on my earphones, turn up the music, and write code. There was a time early into that job when I'd put my feet on my desk as I thought about a particular problem. And if it wasn't for some of my siblings expressing absolute horror that I could do such a thing, I'd have carried on. [My bosses probably just thought I was crazy, or mentally unstable or something, and didn't ever mention it] I used to have a spring in my step. Literally. I'd happily tell anyone who asked that I was a programmer. [I've never liked this developer business] It wasn't a job. Just something I did during the day. Never even used to look at my payslip.

Ok. I think I got sidetracked somewhere there. Anyway. Now, I have a job. Go to work. Work, where people relish writing loads of emails, and CCing half the known world. [I wonder how managers cope with all the mail they get] Back stabbing and finger pointing. Guys not doing stuff they're meant to then laying the blame for lack of progress at your desk. Accusations and counter-accusations. All manner of politics and sucking up. Thinly veiled spite and resentment. Numerous times I've looked around, shaking my head. So this is what working is like. And if I don't shape up, catch up or otherwise learn how things are [to be] done, I won't survive. I hope my leave application doesn't get cancelled this time. I need a break from all this.

5 Comments:

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Thursday, March 01, 2007 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Princess said...

The trick of the trade is to never allow yourself to be sucked into office politics!!! Let your work product speak for itself and be cordial to everyone around you, even if you don't like them. Lately there has been so much drama at our Firm, but I haven't been part of it.

Thursday, March 01, 2007 9:19:00 PM  
Blogger Komi said...

If it starts feeling like work, then insist on taking your leave or leave! You need some change jamaa.

I have no idea how anyone takes all that bitching around in offices! May be because I've never worked for a Corporate firm. Given the horror stories I hear, I doubt I ever will. I guess it is not for the faint hearted.

Friday, March 02, 2007 2:43:00 PM  
Blogger Samborera said...

Just come from a meeting. I'll now go on leave just as soon as I finish some work that's been handed to me. And I'll be required to come into the office tomorrow... so that I'll be able to go on leave from Monday as was planned. It's hilarious the things some people say. Oh well. Now we party till we drop. Who cares about work.

Friday, March 02, 2007 6:25:00 PM  
Anonymous betty said...

good on you...enjoy your leave and live it like theres no tomorrow, yea party till you drop.

Monday, March 05, 2007 3:28:00 PM  

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