It doesn’t have to be crazy at work … Really? Are you sure?
I thought ‘crazy’ was part of working life, it’s annoying but that’s the way it is. Having endless weekly calls with 30 people during which each person gives a status update are unavoidable. Harassing your colleagues to get feedback ASAP is part of the game. Sending emails early in the morning or late in the evening is necessary to show how committed you are to the job.
Of course, all of this is frustrating and toxic and prevents you from really investing the needed time to actually work, but hey, how do you want to push crazy projects forward without this level of craziness?
Well… spoiler alert: there is an alternative!
I read that at Railnova, projects, and work go forward based on asynchronous written communication.
Asynchronous written communication means for instance taking the time to put your thoughts in a written form, reflecting on what you want to say, why, and how you can say it. It also means giving your colleague the time to read, reflect and comment on what you wrote. It supports documented and informed decision-making. It means getting out of this ASAP mentality and trusting your colleagues to give you feedback – if not in the next 30 seconds, then in the next couple of hours, or the day after. Crazy, isn’t it?
So here we are, I’m starting the job, and I am really, really excited about experiencing this positively crazy culture. And then… then I felt an unexpected longing for the working structures of my previous job. Please, give me structure, give me meetings and deadlines, and reporting templates to fill! I felt lost without them! Please, colleagues, give me ASAP an answer to my questions, be always available for me!
Hum. Not really what I was expecting from me. And then I realized what “un-learning” a culture means: it means lots of mental work! To be honest, this is still a daily challenge. But it is such a great feeling to be able to organize my time the way I want.