There is a wide variety of products that fall into the category of digital media storage. Most include the ability for multiple users to access the same files, as shared storage is necessary for the various departments and stages to collaborate with one another and get the project done
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“I know it hasn’t been two and a half weeks but I’m inserting myself,” Kristy announced as she came in to Caleb’s office. “Since we don’t have time for a meeting, ever, and this is about time, I made you this.”
“What’s this you’re showing me?” Caleb asked, the legal size packet landing on top of his keyboard.
“A spreadsheet,” Kristy answered. “A concise, hard-to-argue-with spreadsheet. Something that will make my point in the fewest seconds possible.”
“I’m in favor already,” Caleb answered. “Walk me through it so I can get back to work.”
I would like to raise a glass, tip my hat, and offer a small bow to the invisible ones—the teams of creative people who work tirelessly and without attention to make the films we enjoy as perfect as they can be. The next time you watch a film, stay through the credits, and try to picture the post production team at work. When they were in high school, those were the kids in the booth, and they deserve a hug.
Depending on the available space and access to technology, some creative teams are working in open concept spaces while some are compartmentalized in separate soundproof rooms. Open concept feels so team-like to outsiders, who see rows of friends wearing headphones staring at their screens and leave with the feeling that everyone is working together. Separate offices are something we have come to expect in the working world, so it doesn’t seem odd, but it does have a “corporate” feel.
What is ideal?
“I know this is a total first world problem,” Wally admitted, “but I’m thinking of going somewhere else because I’m tired of spending half of my day doing nothing.”
Eddie nodded. “Same here.”
“The grass is always greener over the septic tank, they say.” Kristy was trying to lighten the mood. “You’d be begging for this if you had to work a full eight hour day in a real job.”
Trying to shut down personal drama intruding on the work environment can be like dousing a grease fire with water—the individual may feel compelled to try to tell the story 20 times over the course of the day because they never got to finish it once, and it is both kinder and more efficient to give them room. But every room has walls—that’s part of the definition of a room—and establishing boundaries will help you build an environment that is both supportive and successful.
“And he’s gone again,” said Wally. “That was quick.”
“So,” Eddie started, “do we go back to our desks like he said or wait here because he said he’d be back?”
“I have no reason to stare at my useless screen just because it makes me look busier, so I’m going to wait here until he gets back.” Wally sat back down and picked up a magazine from the break room table.
“Works for me.”