Co-location: the new normal
Broadly speaking, our work can be categorized as:
- Thinking work, where one is trying to figure out how to tackle an issue or planning an outcome
- Doing work, where one is executing an activity, and
- Meetings work, where decisions get discussed and, sometimes, taken in collaboration with others.
Thinking work often requires a quiet space and an uninterrupted flow. For me, this has been the biggest casualty of working from the office. At home, I could shut out the world. I could adapt my environment to better thinking – my favorite armchair, a mid morning snack to get into the flow, instrumental music in the background… . In office, I must endure more noisy surroundings of chattering colleagues in an open office, frequent chai/coffee breaks and birthday cake cuttings that interrupt my ruminations. I miss the quiet time.
VIO Talent Advisor in IBM IndiaAnita Sinai Guha, a graduate from Harvard University, is the VIO Talent Advisor in IBM India. She comes with deep experience in training, organisational development, learning and knowledge management fields. Her experience spans a range of industries including pharmaceutical (at Merind, Mumbai), shipping (at NYK, Tokyo), beverages (at Tata Tea, Kolkata) and IT (at IBM, Bangalore & Mumbai). Anita is a recipient of the Young HR Achiever Award at the World HR Conference in 2003. In 2007, she received a 3 month Chevening Scholarship to study Leadership & Globalisation at the London School of Economics, UK. In 2009, she was recognised with an HR Youth Icon Award and later the same year was awarded the WILL Women’s Choice Award for her “deep passion, outstanding commitment, and high delivery in the field of inclusivity and gender equality.”