In a month’s time, I’ll be upgrading my role from that of a pencil pusher to another that commands more physical effort.
I’ll become a baby pusher. No, I don’t mean I’ll push a wail-all-the-time newborn out of his pram (at least not yet, but I can’t promise I’d never do it). Rather, I’ll be trying to push a kick-all-the-time infant out of his snuggly zorb (at least just this once; I can’t promise I’ll attempt another similar, crazy stunt).
But I digress. I should be talking about new dilemmas faced by those at the workplace. Would wearing pedal pushers to work constitute a fashion faux paus and make us look less professional than we (actually) are? Would wearing a push-up bra or doing push-ups really help to enhance one’s appeal and help to get things done more easily at work? These are important questions that warrant further, in-depth discussions during a two-hour tea break.
Gotcha! What were you thinking? There are other things aplenty worth pushing for. Amongst them – in order of priority - are: pushing your luck (coming to work late and leaving early; surfing Facebook instead of working), pushing the blame (“it’s not me, it’s him”), pushing the right buttons (knowing what your boss wants and when to deliver with effective results) and pushing office emails to our smart phones.
Speaking of pushing office emails, this trend seems to be all the rage now. With almost every executive owing a data plan-enabled handset, many (especially sales persons and management personnel) are either feeling the heat to take advantage of this “convenience”.
Of course, the flip side of this double-edged sword is that once you embark on the road of no return, you land up “working more” in your personal time and are subject to reactionary responses on a 24/7 basis.
This is all dandy and fine if you want to impress, be on top of things and go the extra mile; or if your company pays you (ie, contribute to a part of your phone bill) for it. However, at the end of the day, employees should recognise the fact that – in spite of an increasing number of their colleagues being lured to the dark side, whether on their own account or by a pushy boss - they are not obliged to comply. As a colleague of mine aptly puts it, once you choose to “be a slave to your job”, then you must be prepared for the consequences and not complain.
So, do you aspire to be a super pushover (to conform) or average mouse pusher (to get by)? I’m still undecided, but I’ll let you know when I feel the urge to push.