“Where do you come up with your best ideas?” We gave this question to nine employees from different companies. And the result? There is no universal creativity hub. Some get inspired on the way from lunch, some in the meeting room and some in the office “jungle.”
The good news is that office people are a class of their own. The bad news is that we are talking about a school class. When in school, you cannot wait to be part of the free world only to find out that an office environment is in fact just like school. See for yourself:
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.
Office newspeak? Corporate bullshit? Linguistic thriftiness goes hand in hand with the pressure for workplace efficiency. Abbreviations for English business phrases and industry phrases have become so natural for us Czechs that in many cases we don’t even bother to seek Czech equivalents.
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!