Ever been somewhere when the network went down? I have. It happened recently and it made me think about a few things. The story goes a little bit something like this:
You're getting your work done at lightning speed! Tasks seem to be flowing rapidly as you check things off of your TO-DO list faster than the express lane clerk at your local grocery store. Sailing through the day with high-efficiency and without a care in the world, when everything comes to a screeching halt! The network is down.
So, what happens? People mill around the office wondering what happened. Everyone is in a daze and brain fog sets in. Did anybody call IT? How long will it be down? I was getting so much work done!
Soon, shock & awe and surprise turns to frustration. "I'm bored!","I can't even call out to anyone to let them know!","This is ridiculous! How long will it take?","The sky is going to fall!"
With productivity at a literal standstill, everyone slowly congregates at the break room. Quick! Somebody order pizza! A feast commences with hoards of hungry workers making the pizza pilgrimage led by their keen sense of smell guided by the Italian cuisine emanating from the back of the office. People go out of their way to serve up slices of "Za". One guy who normally keeps to himself in his cubicle starts pouring drinks (that would be beverages of the non-alcoholic types as its midday!). Who is that guy anyway?
After a while, in between sips and slices, co-workers start talking with other co-workers. "Oh, you like the Blues? Me too! There's a Blues band playing down the street tonight after work, why don't we get a group together and go?" Newly-formed alliances develop. Conversations continue between people who've sat together day-in and day-out for years, but never really got the chance to know each other on a deeper level.
Now we're steps closer to a better working environment! Man, we've got some cool people working here! Hope the network doesn't go down again, but that was fun! We like it! We love it! We want more of it!
"Get back to work!" somebody screams.
So, what's the moral of this story?
Our reliance on technology remains obvious these days. Sometimes we don't seem to know what to do when our computers, telephones, online gaming or other social media become unavailable for a time. So what to do? We need to start talking to each other. We need to start communicating the old fashioned way — face-to-face.
If your online network is down, use this time to get to know each other better. Shake a few hands and introduce yourself. Speak with your voice for a change instead of waiting until you can text once again. Make a phone call and chat with an old friend or a person in your personal or professional network. Use this time to connect on a different level than the technological route.
And, remember that if you're too busy submitting job applications online and emailing your credentials over and over to no avail, it might be time to "kick it old school" and get some face time (not the App type, but the original type of the dialogue persuasion.)
How have you resorted to old-fashioned face-to-face discussions at work or while searching for a job?
Unfortunately, in order to answer this question, you'll have to use current technology! Oh well, I tried!
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