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Karin Visagie - Virtual Assistant


My Tool, The Aircon

Posted by Karin - VA on August 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

When you are a Team Leader / Supervisor / Jacqueline of all Trades  (same thing, different names) in an office, you learn new skills very quickly.  You learn to improvise.  You find out about skills you never knew you've had.  If you're always pressed for time and you have to deal with nearly 50 people on your team on a daily basis, you realize that there is NO time to spend on sorting out little fights. 

In our office, the biggest little fight was always the airconditioner.  This one is dying of cold, that one is dying of heat and the poor one in the middle is for ever sniffing due to all the climate changes.  I think in most big offices you have a very similar situation. But one day, amongst a million other things,  I've decided that enough is enough.  It's not good for the staff to argue like this.  And it's not good for me either!  Nobody can get their work done properly.  And all that about an airconditioner.

I wrote a note, informing them that I will keep the remote for the airconditioner from now on.  We'll test various temperatures etc and then we'll decide on a setting that suits most of them.  Of course I had a few lips dragging on the floor for a while, but hey, I just climbed over them and carried on with my work. 

In any situation you will end up with something like my airconditioner problem.  Work situations are not always ideal and the way we want them.  Petty things get in our way, so easily.  But it is up to us to decide how we are going to deal with those tools, those situations given to us.  It's obvious that you cannot always fix everything, but at least try to find a way to make things work for you and the people you are working with or working for. 

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