I wouldn’t say I liked writing for a large part of my childhood. I recall my father scolding me for my bad handwriting. My teachers loathed it too. I was glad that I passed my degree with good grades in spite of my poor handwriting. Thankfully, my oratory skill is far better than my writing skills!
From the time I was introduced to the internet, I have been provoked to improve my writing skills since now no one can complain about my handwriting, at least! But my own complex about writing, call it the baggage of my childhood, has not allowed me to write as much as I would have preferred, till now. Having worked in 6 different countries, the work experiences have been diverse enough to goad me to pen my thoughts on paper. For an extended period, I have been a salesman and have been forced to listen to my customers. Having worked in 4 different companies with nine different bosses and hundreds of colleagues and being in leadership roles for almost two decades has ensured that I had to listen to my team to survive and succeed. To say the least, I literally have thousands of tales to spin!
After two decades of working hard, I have decided to write about the “dynamics of workplaces.” The occupational hazard of being in the consulting industry for a long time has advantaged me to see the organisations that I worked and consulted for from close quarters. We spend so much time of our waking time at the workplace. We possibly spend equal time out of our workplace thinking or talking about it to people who are close to us. In fact, it would not be too far-fetched to say that our weekends, holidays, time with friends, partners, families, time on social media, etc. are consumed by happenings at the workplace. Yes, we can’t help but keep thinking or discussing the office and our office mates!
It is precisely this reason that provokes me to wander through my take on various aspects which constitute “work”, such as appraisals, promotions, increments, bonuses, job-hopping, interviews, bosses, loyalists, back-biters, quitters, terminations, IJPs, office grapevine, work-culture, training, resumes, tailgating, rehiring, the role of HR, role of functions, recruitment, on-boarding, reprimands, late comings, working from home, office affairs, favouritism, groups, discrimination, diversity, dressing up, work-life balance, feedback, employee surveys, value systems, rewards and recognition, awards….and anything else that strikes my mind.
I took to writing in 2012, and it’s been my catharsis since then, As a Recruitment Partner to many large enterprises, I witnessed workplace dynamics from close quarters. My workplace was no less exciting, and there were stories to be told coming from my own experiences. I have been blessed by my colleagues, who always encouraged me to write. As many of my posts came from real-time and immediate experiences, my colleagues knew the protagonists 🙂 I had to deal with teary-eyed colleagues who felt wrong with some of my posts. Some times I had to deal with terse Whatsapps questioning my opinions.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this journey, where I made numerous exchanges with strangers in the virtual world.
Today, as an entrepreneur, I find less time to write, but I should admit I have been better than I thought when I look back at the last two years.
I intended to bring out the water cooler discussions we all indulge in. The idea is to call out the imperfections at work and remind ourselves of how we complicate our surroundings with our expressions or the lack of it. I hope to continue my writing, which has mostly been experiential and reflective as I call it.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my take and have the discretion to take my opinions with a pinch of salt or at times with a sea of salt.