Two weeks later, Kimberly called again.
“Hi Joey. How’s it going?”
“Oh, not too bad,” Joey answered. “Better than last time we spoke.”
“Well that’s good. Heard back from those applications yet?”
“No. Things don’t move all that fast around here.”
“They’ll get back to you in time,” Kimberly said. “You’re far too talented to sit idle for long.”
“I’m not all that worried about it, actually.” Joey smiled. “I’ve been thinking.”
Two weeks later, at a respectable 10:00 in the morning, Joey’s cell phone rang. He paused the TV and picked it up. He was surprised to see Kimberly’s number, not because he wasn’t expecting her to call but because he hadn’t realized two weeks had already passed. Was it Wednesday?
Portability once wasn’t really a thing, and then is was a very limited, very expensive thing for very important people only. The rest of us were unimportant enough to wait 15 more minutes to get home before we call. Back then, taking a few days to call someone back was pretty quick, and same-day or next day was amazing. Now, those same 15 minutes may make or break a deal, and if you don’t respond in 10 minutes or less, you have some ‘splanin’ to do.
This sounds like the sort of thing one might find on the wall of a first grade classroom, but it totally applies. You are contagious—be careful what you put out.
Joey froze. “Wait. Are you saying you would have helped me with marketing for free?”
“Well, yeah,” Kimberly answered. “That’s what friends do—they help each other. I couldn’t have put in a ton of hours, but I could talk it out with you, give you ideas, connect you with folks who might be able to help, put out a good word for you—that sort of thing.”
Joey smiled. “That’s really nice. Thank you. I wish I had known sooner.”
I get to work with amazing people, both in our offices and in the field, and it’s the people we share our lives with that make all the difference.
Buried in crap? Aren’t we all. Here’s some tips for organization you can apply to your workspace right now.
Kimberly sighed. “Well, that sucks. And of all the things I thought you might say, dissolving the company was just about the opposite of what I expected.” She hesitated. “Would a 30% increase in efficiency have saved you?”
Ergonomics is about more than standardizing our tools so that they were actually designed with the human body in mind, it’s about making everything customizable so that everything can be exactly right for you.
In a rut with the same type of assignments all the time? There are things you can do to make your work experience more rewarding. For starters, talk to the boss. If you are bored and want to do more, that’s the kind of thing bosses love to hear. Maybe you have an idea where you and a coworker share tasks, so that instead of doing one thing all the time each of you rotate between two. Maybe you can challenge yourself to find something new and exciting with each project. If you can, maybe hide something very subtle—and professional—in your work. If somewhere in every project you’ve perfectly hidden your sweetheart’s initials, you now have something new to focus on that can end up being a signature concept for your work going forward.