Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Workplace

I don't much care for it.My workplace I mean.

I am not too judgmental a person.I used to be but not any more.I can very easily accept people for who they are and unless they mess with me,I don't give a damn about what they do with their lives.And yet,when I think of my team mates,I can't help but go all judgemental-ly on them.

Most of my team mates are Americans and are old timers; been with the company for atleast 8-10 years.So it is almost as if they have their own code and their own rules.There is hardly any interaction except for anything that is work related which is a rarity since all our tasks are pretty well defined.The boss works from home most of the time and doesn't give a rat's ass about team building and the whole nine yards.In fact most of them telecommute almost 3-4 days of the week.The only time we get to see each other's faces is during the team meeting on Tuesdays.They will all pass by my cube but won't say a word.Not even a hi or good morning.Everybody is just doing their own thing.Sometimes it feels good that I have so much space and so little interruptions.But most times it is exasperating.I just haven't been able to figure out how things work here.Its been almost 7 months now but I still feel like an outsider.

Picture this.Last month,one of the guys sends out an email to everyone saying that we could all meet up for lunch at Romano's Macroni Grill,in lieu of Christmas.He also sends out the date and time.Approach T-1 and no updates from anyone about the lunch.Hence I assume it is still on.It is D-day and no emails yet about whether the lunch was still on or not.So this Chinese guy and I decide we will go together and we head out to the restaurant.We get caught in the lunch hour traffic and so we call the guy who organized the lunch to inform him that we will be late.And thats when the fool informs us in return that none of the others are coming so its just him and the two of us.And he asks us what we want to do.We then decide that we should just head back to office and let the fool get back whatever it was that he was doing.And thus ended our team Christmas lunch that never was!

Need I say more?

8 comments:

La vida Loca said...

that sounds really sucky :(

M said...

ugh! wat nonsense!

just passing by said...

:( i'm so sorry. Must be pointless to work in a place like that. Slap them. Stupid lifeless people.

DotMom said...

oh god. no.. i sOOOOOOOOOOO understand... try grtting another job. this one will suck the life outta you

divya said...

Hmmm, unfortunately for me, I can totally understand what you mean. And this being in India. It is SUCH a pain getting through the 8 hours of work at times, its not funny! Infact, I am sure if it doesn't get better, I might as well make a move :(

I love Lucy said...

@loca : It kinda is :(

@m : Tell me about it!

@JPB : Thanks,sweetie.Thing is I am still unable to figure them out.I have interacted and worked with a lot of goras in school to know that this is not a culture thing.

@DotMom : Thanks for the empathy.I think its too soon to change jobs and it wouldn't look too good on my resume either.So I am going to give it a few more months.It has its pluses too...close to home,flexible hours,minimum interference from co-workers.*Sigh*

@Div : I hear ya!Sometimes it really gets to me too.But like I mentioned to DotMom,it has its pluses.So I just try to be as positive as I can!

Peridot said...

If it's any consolation, my workplace sucks far far more than yours ...

I love Lucy said...

@peridot : That can't be good.I thought I had hit an all time low here!