Get Out of your Own Way
She's a fresh air fiend, the type of person who in the hippie era would have been running round a commune in a pair of Birkenstock sandals and not much else, as I characterize her. She is very strongly unionized, and runs off to talk to her rep over the smallest thing. She's also almost at retirement age and doesn't deal well with change. Her health isn't that good, and she has a hypochondriac tendency at times.
We had a conversation yesterday when she returned to the office after finishing in the role she's currently covering. I told her I liked it in the office because it was warm and there was daylight. She reckoned that the warmth triggered her asthma, so she opens the windows all the time, I hear. We have aircon downstairs and that's too cold, even for me, as I'm not moving around much, so I mentioned that. She told me she found the air in the closed office too dry for her, which was what caused her to cough and splutter so much. This was the problem in one of my previous roles too, where the aircon sucked all the moisture from the air, evaporated tea and coffee almost as you looked at it and left rubber bands too brittle to use if stored on a desk rather than in a drawer. She's something of a collector of 'useful junk', so I wondered whether she might like to consider buying a desktop humidifer for her own use, as we had one in my previous role which helped put enough moisture back into the air to make it pleasant.
Her reply: 'I can't see them buying one for me at the moment, not with the current situation financially.'
That floored me, as although she might reckon she needed it for her comfort, I've worked in companies where I have bought my own adaptations because the company didn't want to. I have several footstools that dad made me for various desks, a wrist rest and a whole slew of PPE which the male-centric company that required me to have it weren't prepared to order in my size.
She simply couldn't see the logic behind buying something for her own use then just taking it with her when she left. As far as she was concerned, if she needed it for her job, it was the organisation's responsibility to buy it for her.
It's called Getting Out of your Own Way. Some people are better at it than others.
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