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?
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.
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?”
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.
“That’s it. It’s over.” Joey said, his voice shaking slightly although his face was set in an expressionless mask. “The company is dead.”
“A group of friends get together and come up with a name, and poof they’re a company,” Phil said triumphantly. “There’s a little more to it than that, but that’s actually the hard part.”
“I don’t know if I could put together a team like that. I can’t think of anyone I’d really trust enough.”
“Ok, one, that’s sad. Two, do you need a team? I’m seriously asking—I don’t know exactly what you do. Can you do the whole thing yourself, if you were making a training video or something like that?”
“What am I supposed to do, Phil? I can’t just quit.”
“Sure you can, Jess. People do it all the time.”
“Why? What earthly reason can they possibly have to make you stay late on a Friday? Nothing you do is life or death,” Phil asked.
“Yeah? Tell them that. They still call it a deadline.”
SkyTech works with a network of Engineers, so there’s no chance everyone will be sick at the same time. If you’re not working with us, ask your tech support what they have set up to keep you covered if they get sick.
Jesse opened last quarter’s report and resaved it with the new date before he started making changes. Step one, use “replace” to change the names of all the months and, where necessary, the year. Save. Now, none of it is accurate, but it looks done. Wait. Change color scheme, pick shades of green, save again. Now it looks done and different.
The cursor was blinking again. Jesse silently wondered if there was a common Latin root between “cursor” and “curse,” although the very recent invention of the cursor as a thing made that unlikely. Felt like it, though.
You can’t save money on the camera, because if the footage is terrible there’s nothing that can be done to make it not-terrible. A lot can be done with correction and effects, but there is no substitute for clean footage. You need a good microphone, too, because the same goes for sound. If you then want to film a bunch of unknown actors willing to work for a percentage of the profits wearing their own clothes and filming in your grandmother’s house, you can make the film itself essentially for free. Then you need professional finishing, otherwise all of the hard work in writing, acting and directing will be lost in the inconsistencies.