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Figure Out Your Workplace Category: Defining Workspaces
My categorization for office spaces is:
- Plain ugly: the aesthetics are absent but functionally, things work
- Has Potential: carries some serious promise of getting better
- Legacy space: has too much history, some adorable, the rest overwhelming and boring
- Progressive: puts a premium on the quality of work done
- Mutually beneficial: provides the best work-life balance
- Pain-in-the-arse: overwhelmed by petty policies and politics
- Stopover: serves as a filler until employees find a new, better job
- Un-introspective: too much of a chicken to take a reality-check
- Women oriented: suffers from estrogen overload. All men are hated here
- Women despos: too many male employees, eager for some eye candy. Cesspool of perversity
- Wastefully inclined: don't optimize/recycle resources, waste without realizing the pit they are digging
- Cluttered: too many things stacked in each corner of the office floor
- Lounging hubs: less work / more sleep aura. Employees seated like folks folded out in front of the TV
Updated on January 29, 2018: We have been hopeful about getting a new workspace. Today, we came closer to realizing this, visiting the site that is being prepared just a few feet away from our current dwelling. Though the work has just started, the hopes are up. We are betting on more ventilation, more body maneuvering space, better washrooms and conference halls that can genuinely host a team meeting. Our expectations are small and very real. Nothing too fancy and somewhat optimistic...this pretty much sums-up my small, lovable team!
Updated on April 4, 2018: The work pressure is getting to them. I don't have immediate solutions as a Manager though, ideally I should have at least a couple. This is the real time, that phase, when the performers and the shirkers will drift apart. My unintentional, and non-broody, disassociation from team activities/interactions is perhaps bringing them together. This is my first impression after the last week saw strenuous work schedules and some projects becoming tighter, too tight for our comfort. I wish I could share this article about team working dynamics but right now, it is better for them to realize a few things on their own. I stand apart a bit, trying to understand the psychology at work.
Updated on October 17, 2018: The current scenario is closer to what I have always wanted. A small bunch that knows about team-work, a small pool of people I can trust. Yes, there will always be a difference of opinions and sometimes, the ego clashes will spiral out of control but these days, I am better at understanding the dynamics of working with a predominantly female team and they in turn, comprehend my expectations a lot better. A couple of them, now seem to have more clarity about the fact that increasing expectations, praise, adulation, and some scrutiny mix-up as a part of team culture when you are in for the longer run. They seem to realize that friction is not about hating someone but a natural byproduct of different individuals sharing the shade of the same umbrella.