11 Nov Mindset Change
Mindset Change - Need of the Hour!
As I clean out my desk before leaving for good, I take a moment to absorb the surroundings. It’s not the first time I’ve left a job, and I know it won’t be the last. But saddens me, it always does!
Cut to 2020, where I still struggle to find permanent work that I can take with me to any city. Compromise has been a loyal friend. From salary to the work I do, I compromise a lot to land a job that looks beyond my location. Whether it is a start-up or a Fortune 500, everyone wants employees to be physically present in the office, even if mentally they aren’t!
The pandemic has surely busted myths, you say? That itself is a myth, I say! When companies call me for an interview, I mention my unique situation. After that, there’s no need to compare calendars!
As I strive to find work, I wonder why organizations are so reluctant. Is it their lack of trust in us or our lack of commitment? Some of us have the local broadband, a wi-fi dongle, and even the mobile hotspot to stay connected, while the laptop batteries of some die twenty minutes after a power cut!
Someone once told me that being co-located is the only way to ensure productivity. If that were true, then I haven’t had a single productive day in my current company, because though we exchange secret-Santa gifts every year, I’ve never visited the facility or met my peers face-to-face!
It is tough to change mindsets, but with baby-steps, we can. The fact that a group of writers is developing a newsletter by communicating via virtual meetings and text messages, proves my point.
As I log out one last time, I wonder which city will I live in next and whether I’ll ever find a company that cares only about my talent and commitment and not my location.
About the Author
Poorva Abhyankar | An enthusiastic writer with a soft-spot for the Queen’s English
Poorva enjoys writing information that piques the user’s interest. When not writing, she enjoys reading, and hopes to publish a book of short stories one day.