21 May The Struggles of Working in Digital
The office environment is often similar to a remote and natural habitat, and working in the offices of a digital company can often require Bear Grylls like survival skills. If the kitchen is our watering hole then the cables all over the floors are the snakes we need to avoid stepping on. However, cables are the least of our worries, and the problems we faced during the great wifi outage of ’13 required survival skills that even Steve Irwin would commend.
Whilst some would much rather choose to hit a digital trinket of some sort to make it work again, we at Swipestation have a much more cost-effective solution. If one of the wheels on our cars were to go flat, would we kick it? No, a simple and passive aggressive face palm would suffice. If you’re working in digital, then you’ll need to get used to a whole lot of facepalming and here’s 3 reasons why.
1. Keeping up to speed with all things digital
From the very dark crevices of your mind, you’ve concocted a brilliant and original idea. Your boss approves of it, and even pats you on the back for it. He allocates a budget, assigns a whole team of people for you to lead. You go and begin researching on Google, you type in the first 1-3 words, hit enter, and there, right there, you’re faced with 25+ pages of links to other businesses that have done the exact same thing. Now do as I do and raise that hand to your face because it’s time you facepalmed yourself.
In a world where information is easily accessible to us all, concocting completely original ideas is slowly beginning to turn into an archaic concept.
Even if you were lucky enough to be the first person or company to do something, thanks to the internet you can bet your money on the fact that within a couple of days your “new news” will quite quickly turn into old news.
Back to the drawing board, and do your research beforehand this time.
Before the laptop and computer culture hit all offices up and down the entire globe. Employees were actually expected to keep track of everything on paper; I’m not making this stuff up. Imagine having stacks of documents to filter through every time you needed to check up on an account, or even simple correspondences. Nowadays all our intellectual and physical properties are up on a cloud somewhere arranged into neat and tidy folders with a little search bar that finds and presents those documents and correspondences for us. However, those primitive struggles of our “working ancestors” are not entirely obliterated. Why? Well, instead of having stacks of papers to go through it’s a countless amount of tabs that we have to click through just to find that one document. If you’ve clicked through all your tabs and still can’t find the tab you had opened just moments ago, well here’s the golden moment where you raise you hand to your face. We salute you facepalmers, because the struggle is most certainly real.
Working in digital and with the digital has allowed us to shift from the office desks to our kitchen desks, or even the sofa in front of the television. Gone are the days when business suits were our uniform of choice. Gone are the mornings spent ironing cotton shirts only to spill your morning coffee down yourself. Most importantly, gone are the days of constantly commuting to and from the office. Or are they? Not to the office anyway, and because of this we have yet another reason to facepalm ourselves.
Working from home is a dream and working in a digital company is fantastic. However, there will come a day when you will need to communicate with other employees and clients face to face. This day will also require you to commute all over the city, country, maybe even the globe if your company’s swanky enough.
Working in digital is fantastic, till you have to deal with the occasional non-digital moments. Is there traffic on the road? Facepalm. Did your car, bus, or train break down? Facepalm. Did you spill coffee down the shirt you spent all morning ironing? Take a deep breath and facepalm that face.
Since 2013 the prices of Gold have been declining and this could be because the Internet is worth far more than gold to a digital business. Multimillion-dollar business deals are being agreed upon through virtual handshakes on Skype. Every digital business is becoming so reliant on their WiFi connections and laptops that they could be saving us from global warming with the number of trees we’re saving from being cut down for paper. However, here’s a penny for your thoughts, how would you cope if the digital gods forced an electrical blackout upon us all? Simple, a gentle and steady facepalm would suffice.