Today is Saturday, it’s been a long week and I feel a cold coming on. So when I woke up this morning, I made an executive decision to have a duvet day. Following a briefing session on plans for the day with the Baskerville Manor Beasties, I agreed to their basic demands of brekkie, treats, walkies (for The Dogz) and backyard safari privileges (for the pusscats). Walkies took place at around 6:00 am, breakfast served at 7:00 ish and the pusscats decided the day was too yukky to bother with more than a cursory snoop on the windowsill. So by 8:00 am duvet day was in full swing, with each individual snuggled in their favourite spot. Which means that today, the only people I encountered were in the virtual world.
The first person I encountered was a colleague of mine, who kindly took a moment to send me a “Congratulations on your work anniversary” message through LinkedIn. She’s a private person, so I am not going to identify her. (And if you are reading this, don’t worry, I’m not going to say anything embarrassing about you either). We worked together in the same department for a number of years, and get along very well – but, as is often the case with colleagues, although we spent many working hours sitting within a few feet of each other and consequently understand each other’s working life and habits very well, I really don’t know much about her real world outside the office. I know she worked abroad for some years, has her own home, and is approximately my age. She likes pink, has an eye for detail, and always looks good. We laugh at a lot of the same things. We both changed roles around the same time and agree that the change we made was for the best. Whenever we are at a work-related social event, we have fun.
I would call her friend, but we don’t hang out together. I think that it is often the case that when the day is done, it’s good to go back to your real life and put the working day behind you, and spend your free time with your non-work friends . I hope she feels the same way
Something that interests me is that while this lady pleasantly rejected a Facebook friend invitation, on the perfectly valid grounds that she preferred to keep her Facebook and work life separate, we have made the LinkedIn connection. As the aim of LinkedIn is to make and share professional connections, I am pleased she believes me to be the kind of person that she wants her connection list to see. (Her CV is far more impressive than mine!). I’m curious how many people might take the same approach, so I’ve set up a little poll which I hope you will complete for me. If I’ve been doing my Zero to Hero tasks correctly, there might be some interesting results.