"Hanging out" at the office
Thanks to Keith, I have my own little spot at HQ! Super shout out to him - my true friend in need :)
Here’s how it works - Keith put me on a “google hangout” on a standing desk in one of the corridors. People who walk by see me, and stop to say hello. I have one screen, and am usually working on a different browser window, so I can’t see folks when they wave (no peripheral vision). I have to rely on someone saying “Shipra”, or that serendipitous moment when I cmd+~ to the hangout browser window at the exact moment that someone is walking up.
Unlike being in the office, I choose when I want to be interrupted. I try to not start a deep design task, but catch up on my reading while I hangout. That way, when folks interrupt it’s actually fun. Also, I get 4-5 completely productive hours a day, so having a couple of disruptive hours is fine by me :)
I have missed random conversations that only folks in California can identify with - the new bay bridge, labor day weekend, restaurants in SF neighborhoods, does Philz actually make a better cup of coffee than ‘x’ cafe, what it feels like to eat a burrito under a tree, etc. It’s been cool to get to get some casual conversation time in the office.
I also love that my perch keeps getting new decorations - and how did they know it’s actually my birthday this month? Thanks team!