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Friday, May 6, 2022

Office Snacks: Zooming Away

I've been saying this for years.  

The beer on tap in the break room, blue jean Fridays, Taco Tuesdays, donuts after 5 PM, foosball, espresso machines, company BBQ, and EXTRAVAGANT, high-budget Christmas parties are all velvet handcuffs.

Don't get me wrong - I HAPPILY ENJOYED every cup of fresh brewed, every single company-sponsored, 12 Martini lunch, each trip, shot, and a slab of meat provided.

I did and I would again.

But I understood the assignment - and the game - and appreciated it in the manner it is offered.  

  • The Cinco De Mayo lunch is a payoff.  
  • The breakfast just before a technology show is a payoff.
  • The client appreciation dinner is a payoff.
  • Tickets to the Bucks game?  Not just a playoff. You guessed it, payoff.

The manipulation is more insidious when not recognized.  Once you see the motives behind the gestures, you have control.  

It's called the "Observer Effect" - "...the disturbance of an observed system by the act of observation..."

So chow down on those free granola bars, chug the draft, but keep  "observing the system."

Who is zooming who?

"You think you're smooth
And you can pick and choose when the time is right
But just look behind, you'll be surprised..."

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