Role models do get tired

The current situation at work as caused by the declining and imminent depletion of products to be delivered is undoubtedly testing each and everyone from the lowest rank and file up to the upper levels of management.

What I find more frustrating than the thought of eventually losing our jobs in a few more months is the fact that no matter how I set my mind to make the most of my time, it’s only father time that is so available. After a couple of hours from the start of the working day, there’s just no more work to be done no matter how I look for it. Or maybe, I haven’t looked enough for it yet. Well, that’s a nice thought.

It doesn’t even take a lot of time to figure out what others might be doing as well after staring at the empty Outlook inbox as if email doesn’t exist anymore. Whether people agree or not, this isn’t the workplace aura that I’ve used to know in my 10 years in this company. I can now really say that gone are the days when the cubes are buzzing with activity: when keyboards are tapped because of white papers to finish and not of multiple internet chat mates; when phone lines are loaded because of virtual meetings and not because someone is selling anything but company products; when people are forgetting to have lunch because of deadlines and not because they have doze off due to inactivity; and when managers are going to the cubes to check if everyone is on track and not because he’s got nothing to do as well.

Years ago, this setting is unimaginable and it may even be impossible. Back then the thought of someone getting idle (unless intentional) is just unthinkable and as taboo as committing a mortal sin. But now, even the best have their own share of work void. It’s unavoidable but fully understandable that on the next days ahead those people I look up to will have lots of slack. I have come to accept it now that role models do get tired.

 

 

Mood: 3/10 Honks!

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