TRADITIONAL OFFICE DYNAMICS?
Written by: Sonny
July 23, 2013
It's 5:20 am, my iPhone is vibrating me awake. 15 mins later, I’m just about dressed and ready to head outside and meet my coworkers for an hour of working out. Along with 5-10 other folks, we work out 5 days a week, rain or shine for an hour starting at 6am. These workouts are grueling and consist of a nice mix of running, plyometrics, pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups; using body strength for an endless number of activities…it makes for a great start to our day. Couple that with 9-10 hours in the office working, lunches together and an occasional happy hour at the end of the day. That’s a lot of time to spend with the same three guys every day.
In fact, when you do the math, it’s not uncommon that the four of us are together 12 hours a day; which means I see Jason, Scott and Vinnie more than my own family in any given week. The really fascinating thing – there isn’t a dull moment when we are together. Somehow, we have found a way to lace work into all of our other daily non-work-related activities with as seamless of precision it couldn’t have been planned any better. Even more interesting – our unconventional situation has allowed for us to succeed in an environment with very little structure. No one is watching the clock; we don’t track vacation time; we all come and go as we please. No metrics, no reports, no call logs. Instead, our morning meeting is a quick catch up in between sit-ups and suicide sprints on Belle Isle. Our reporting is conveyed over lunch in between bites of a sandwich at Palani Drive. Our analysis of metrics and call activity is replaced with a session that more closely mirrors an open mic night at the Funny Bone. Making comical remarks at each other for a low productivity day. It may not work in every office, but it sure has worked in ours. I don’t think a day goes by that we aren’t laughing at each other while being accountable and dedicated to delivering high quality to our clients and consultants daily.