Office meetings, status checks, sessions, conferences, briefings, taking minutes and losing hours… Call it whatever you want. Every company has them at least once a week (and the ones that say they don’t have them even more often). And everyone really looks forward to them.
It’s a big deal when a teammate leaves your company. Either you can’t stand them, and so you break out in a burst of joy and shamelessly steal their ergonomic chair while they’ll still in their notice period. Or it’s someone who’s grown on you, and that’s not as fun. And the absolute worst variant is when it’s your friend. Because in that case their departure is a pure, unbridled BETRAYAL. And for that, they’ll pay!
At first you’ll start laughing — it will all sound ridiculous. But then your smile will freeze on your face as you realize that what you’re seeing on stage may not be far from real life. Welcome to one office’s microcosm. Welcome to the play My Boss Is Dumb.
The option to work from home is among the benefits that office workers request most often. And it’s also something that sees constant discussion at management meetings. Some people hate it, and some praise it to the skies. Some companies are loosening remote-work rules, while others are tightening the screws. Yahoo! once had lax rules here, but they’ve brought employees back into the office, and some other big players are beginning to follow suit.
We’ve all encountered gossip in our lives, and we all know that much of it is laughable at worst. And that there’s other gossip that can carry lots of negative energy and pain. Gossip as a method of informal communication within a company can support its culture, or devastate it. In the latter case, what are some effective antibodies against this droplet infection?
Are you one of those people who can’t type a word at work without their headphones, and who build walls of music in open-space offices? Or do you prefer absolute quiet mixed with an occasional word with your workmates? Read on for a probe into the musical worlds of office souls.