19 November 2009

Thrust and Counterthrust

So we had two days out of the office to talk about how unhappy everyone apparently is and what we can do to make things better.

I think the old standard should apply: the floggings will continue until morale improves.

It was all the usual dreary stuff but there were a couple of moments. We'd broken into groups for about the millionth time to think about various bits and pieces. Our group was looking at how we could use the intranet to improve communications. I suggested - tongue in cheek - that we set up an 'after dark' function that would allow like-minded individuals throughout the organisation to meet up for either a firm commitment or just discreet fun times. It was kind of disturbing the enthusiastic response it got.

Then I said that I couldn't really see it being a goer. After all, I pointed out, I had yet to meet a man in the office who inspired me to call him up for anything other than a work-related matter.

"Huh," said one of the senior dudes, who is known for being a bit of a perv, "You've clearly got higher standards than me."


Katy said...

I really hope there wasn't butchers paper at your whingefest. If managers had any intention of listening to suggestions, would they ask you to write them on the cheapest, nastiest paper there is? I think not.

hazelblackberry said...

Ha! No, there wasn't butcher's paper. There was that much higher quality 3M paper - so we could stick our ideas on the wall while we talked "to" them. You know that stuff is really going to be listened to.

Cellobella said...

I love the way they hold these things right at the end of the year when frankly who gives a flying, just let me get home to worry about Christmas, I am so frigging tired the last thing I want to do is think about a whole new year of work!

Perhaps in the new year when you're more likely to feel positive and rested and willing to interact with your colleagues?

Or maybe not.

hazelblackberry said...

It was kind of ncie to have a couple of days off. But I don't think it'll make a speck of difference. Everyone's still miserable. Except me. I just cause the misery.

catherine said...

laughed my head loose.