in-house distractions

As you may have heard….I am now “in-house” – not to be confused with “at home.” I used to translate from my home office in my pajamas, and now I make myself presentable every morning to sit in my in-house office. It is a new lifestyle for me and just may be my biggest adventure yet.

On my first day at my in-house office, it was no surprise that Facebook, twitter, MySpace and the like were blocked on the computers. There shall be no distractions for service providers working in-house regardless of what the freelancers are doing at home.

Though I am no longer able to keep my peeps updated with status updates and tweets during the working day, I certainly do not find myself free from distractions. My distractions have taken on a new form but certainly have not been eliminated in-house. Anyone can and usually does waltz into my in-house office whether for work or more likely for play; making a tea in the kitchenette usually takes at least 30 minutes since I get to chatting with the other non-twittering staff. Then, of course, there is the cake party. Just about every week there is a birthday, a farewell or welcoming cake-party, and don’t even think about not showing up for the cake party.

Though corporations may try to keep us from our own social distractions that we know so well at home, even in-house there is no escape from the instinctual human desire for social contact – though now it will just have to be the old-fashioned variant.

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One response to “in-house distractions

  1. Ah yes, I remember those distractions. Most of the productivity loss calculations involving Internet browsing, social media use, etc. are really nonsense when compared to “traditional” distractions. I only have to think of the time I spent researching information or requesting it from the company’s “information specialist”, who was the only one authorized to search the CAS databases. Along with the cake parties, one must also consider the mostly useless meetings that many positions entail. Most of those hours could be condensed into a ten-minute e-mail message. Or less.

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