This blog reflects on life at work at comments on the latest news that shapes my 9-5 working day in a Corporate Communications consultancy.

About Me

I am a born and bred South African who has always loved to read and write. As a child my mother used to read to me and my siblings, from classics like the “Lord of the Rings” but later also from her own stories. She would write children’s stories and then use us as her test audience, but I loved to hear what she had written long after my siblings had tired of it. So I grew up in an environment of reading and writing, which inspired my love of these things. I hope to write a great book some day, and have learnt first hand the determination and will that it takes. My love of English inspired me to continue my study of it at university. I majored in Law and English in a BA degree at UCT where I found that I took to English much more than law. I enjoyed learning about South Africa’s history and the development of our liberal Constitution, which increasingly made me committed to the hope this country has for the future. Ideally, I’d like to find myself in a job where I am able to write; that allows a good mix of time spent with people and being able to work on my own.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Team work means getting things done

At 5: 30 this afternoon, a request was sent through to the research team. It involved a search through some publications for a year's worth of coverage on a mining company, with the specific focus on its BEE dealings. Also required was a quick summary of these articles.

The work needed to be done ASAP. As you may imagine, it was quite a big job - and I think a number of us were starting to wonder when the day would end.

Fortunately, the 6 team members assembled quick as a flash and, by splitting the work, we were able to complete it in just over an hour.

There's the power of team work for you - in getting things done!


Thomas Blaser said...

Good stuff. Sounds like you are a cracker of a team. How come you all stil hang around at 5.30 pm? I prefer to come in early, like 7am and take it from there.

Susan Arthur said...

Yes, the team works well together. Brunswick starts at 8. 30 and most days people don't really leave before 6- depending on what's going on. It's kind of an unspoken rule that the office interns are there for when people need them, so I try to get there before 8 as well.

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

It's good to belong to a team that works well isn't it? That way no one gets left holding the baby so to speak. Glad that you're fitting into the team so well.