By Online Career Tips Staff
The following is a true story about workplace miscommunication. The actual names of the participants are being withheld to protect their identities.
Imagine The Cubicle Wonderlandâ€”long rows of side-by-side grey cubicles with small dividers between them and a company of about 50,000 employees worldwide.Â In this particular story, a high-profile information technology project was being developed over the course of a year.
Each week, â€œBrad,â€ the project manager, hosted almost daily status meetings. He was seated a row in front of me on the left. Directly in front of me, and on Bradâ€™s right sat, â€œJody.â€ Jody and Brad didnâ€™t know each other. They just happened to work inches away from one another with a one-foot divider separating them.
Brad held large conference calls with the project team and Jody would dial to join because she was in charge of supporting â€œcommunications.â€ Brad never cared to introduce himself to the person next to him and Jody was too shy to introduce herself believe it or not.
Over the course of six months, I observed two working professionals completely ignore each other despite the fact that they were within arms length.
One day on a conference call, I overheard Brad say, â€œCommunications person? Jody? Oh, where are you located?â€
â€œIn the A Building,â€ Jody meekly replied into her phone.
â€œI work in the A Building,â€ Brad said confused. â€œWhere do you sit?â€
â€œUmmâ€¦ nearby,â€ she replied.
Brad stood up from his cubicle still wearing his headset and scanning the office area.
â€œWhere,â€ he asked?
Jody stood up sheepishly next to him, also with her headset on.
At which point I jokingly yelled out, â€œBrad meet Jody, Jody meet Brad.â€
Talk about awkward.
So whatâ€™s the moral of this true story?Â Do you really need to ask.