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Monday, February 7, 2011

Do You Understand The Words Coming Outta My Mouth?

It's one of those days at work where no explanation is required as to why everyone hates Mondays. The long weekend has only served to increase the workload for Monday morning, and the pending issues from last week require darker shades of red highlighter on them. Add to that the sudden frenzy within our departments to get budgets approved by ye finance gods, and I literally don't know where to look.

So it's only natural I suppose that I sit down and try to blog.

Today has been one of the busiest days of the year for me so far, fielding calls from so many different offices, clients, and of course my superiors. On top of that I am trying to schedule meetings in Colombo, plus get out of a presentation to the board that was thrust upon me, as well as justify the company spending close to Rs. 100 million on us to - wait for it - save money.

Amidst all this chaos, I find myself getting beyond frustrated at people's inability to communicate clearly. Emails are vague and abrubpt. Calls are dodgy and unclear. Data sheets are incomplete and flooded with typos, leaving it up to the reader to discern what is what. I mean, seriously, who spells "Tonne" as TUN?!

But communication problems are not only at the workplace. No, they are generally the root cause of all strife, be it financial, logical or personal. Those of you who know me personally know that I am not the easiest person to get along with. My rather notorious temper has gotten the best of me time and again, despite my valiant efforts to tame it (or at least render it mute!). My moody-broodiness does not translate well either, giving people the impression that I am sulking in a corner, contemplating the most painful way to die, when more often than not I'm just very, very tired hungry.

I suppose I could blame it on the email and Facebook generation, that sends wedding invitations through Facebook 'event invites' and shares intimate personal information with the click of a check box or two. I suppose I could blame it on people that find it easier to express how they feel in some vague pseudo-intellectual 'status message' or some incoherent babbling via an anonymous blog, rather than to open their mouth and speak to someone face to face.

Or, I could blame it on myself, and realise that perhaps I really just don't know how to communicate to people.

Yes, sadly that sounds rather likely. Help, anyone?


Seesaw said...

Yes you could blame it on yourself, says I, the anonymous (but hopefully not incoherent) blogger!

Times have changed, Gehan. Guess we should just be thankful for the correctly spelt status messages. Sometimes ppl are just inconsiderate- I find myself writing up stuff simply because I know I can do it better than the copywriters we have. But again- that is how it is.

It's probably worst at the workplace, esp because we have to reign in tempers and be diplomatic.

TUN- haha.

Cadence said...

Woes of a corporate eh?

...think of it this way, once monday is over, u have to wait 7 whole days for it to come around again! AND the wk end becomes a day closer! :D

No? ok, doesn't work for me either!

Naal said...

Tsk Tsk!!Seems like you have conformed to the 9-5 and trying to deal with common work hazards. Communication, or the lack of it, is a major part of my job description. So I know exactly where you are coming from. And those days when you JUST DON'T WANT TO talk to anyone, are the days when there is maximum talk that needs to be done. You just have to breathe and ride with it and before you know it, the day is over!!!

I still hate Mondays though...With a vengeance!!! So glad its Tuesday today...:)

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