Cult of the Office
There is a dark cult. A very secret yet widely known one 😉
It is the cult of the office. And believe me, all of us who are working, are a part of the brother hood of this cult.
Below mentioned are some of the observations made by me since I joined this cult –
Never fight over an issue with your boss. You will lose much more than the issue.
Worst thing to receive in your mail is Please Do the Needful. No matter how important things you are doing, if a CC has been sent to someone higher than your boss, then you will have it. Just imagine getting Please Do Then Needful, first thing on Monday morning. 😉
If you try to be a hero by doing everything, you will officially have to do everything.
No matter how much you like what you do. You would always love your Saturdays (Or Fridays for those of you who are luckier).
Never be too honest. Straight trees are cut first. You must not lie. But you must understand when and where you should compartmentalize the information you have.
If you really want to do something, you need to have intentions for the same. Intentions really do shape the reality. And this approach goes much beyond the office life too.
In Sarkaar Raaj, Abhishek Bachchan did say some really smart dialogues like –
“Mujhe Koshish Nahi, Nateeje Chahiye.”
“Yahaan galti pehli nahi, aakhiri baar hoti hai.”
Boy….he does talk like our boss…isn’t it?
No matter, who you are. No matter, where you are. & no matter what your job is – one day, you will, feel really fu**** up.
You should never discuss a raise until you’ve had your review. Never. Or you will definitely end up getting a bad review.
When there is a large assignment to be handled by your department and your boss tells you that “We are going to handle this”; then beware…it is you who is going to handle it.
“You have done a great job” – whenever you hear this…more work is about to come your way…run!!
When your boss says that “Let’s call a meeting and discuss” means “I have no time now and shall force my decisions on you later.”
Now one thing is really very important. A lot depends on your reputation. And you should really guard it with everything. Your reputation is everything. People have expectations in accordance with the reputation you have. So if you want to survive and move up the ladder, never associate with a losing cause and build yourself a solid reputation.
To show your power, you should try and make other people come to you and whenever you take some decisions, try to take them on your territory. This is one of the most commonly used tactics of people who know how to display their power.
There are times when you are not at your workplace. You should try to use this absence to increase your respect and honor. How to do this? …try being a bit evil 😉
Never appear too perfect. Or people will try their level best to make you appear less perfect.
Make your victims feel smarter than you are. Keep building pressure on them and simultaneously show them a way out. That ways you will act like a shepherd and still get things done. [I seem to be turning into a devil]
Think as you like, behave as others like.
[Disclaimer : Please understand, that this post in no way, reflects the way I operate at my workplace. I am seriously not a person like my post make me seem. But these are some of the very practical real life lessons, which I have learnt while working with a variety of people at my workplace.]