WHEN A FOOL IRONED MY FROWNS
Firstly, I would like to apologize for my long absence from the blog world. I had a few concerned messages. A blog post about an accident is not a good way to leave things. With blogging comes responsibility, that I hadn’t thought about earlier. I am all good, just got caught up in work. And one more thought kept me busy. Let me tell you all about it…
We were about to head for a meeting in a minute. “Copy these pages for me, please”, I said to the new trainee at work. “I don’t know how to use a copier” she replied. I sighed. One more addition in the list of things she “did not know”. I explained how to use the copier, just like the million things that I explain to her everyday.
The new trainee is famous in the office for all the wrong reasons. She was hired because of her ‘contacts’. She has no prior experience or skills. Nor the zeal to cultivate any. And she supplements her lack of skill and will with her incredible ability to answer any ten subsequent questions with “I don’t know”. These may ranged from questions about using a copier or Microsoft office to questions about visiting cards. From ignorance about latest international news, to lack of sound knowledge about her graduation subjects, it is like she has never let a speck of knowledge come close to her. She usually has nothing to add to a discussion, regarding work or otherwise. Constant texting during work, turning up late, long lunch breaks, frequent holidays and bland persona makes it all worse.
I started developing a huge dislike for her; partly because a colleague like her becomes more of a liability than any help and partly because I respect well informed individuals more. Or at least someone who can find the pictorial instruction, the ‘Copy’ button on top of a copier and join the dots in their brain.
Yup, she has bliss. While all were worried about what could have happened to the dancer, she was unmoved. Yes, I still have ‘not reading newspapers’ and ‘not figuring out a copier’ in my ‘roll-eyes’ list. But the trainee sure has given me a food for thought – rest your thought once in a while. And enjoy the bliss.