of soaring & dreaming

September 30, 2008

The weekend that was …

Filed under: Events,Life stuff,Observations — carnationzky @ 3:40 am
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How was yours? Mine was, as usual, full of activities, movement and color; but there was time, too, for relaxation and savoring the moment of freedom from Mon-Fri stresses. The weekend is usually for doing things which we could not do during the week, when we are at work or at school or other activities related to our professional lives. That is, for us who do not have to work during the weekend. There are others I know who could not enjoy the weekend as some of us due to work commitments, or they just could not say NO. For them, everyday is a working day which might not be good as we need time to rest. Even though we still keep doing activities in the weekend at least they are different from routine, and the break alone is good, especially the change of pace. That includes the change in scenery, such as different views and faces of people J.

So last weekend, despite the enjoyment there were some glitches. One was when we went to the Lifestyles Thailand office at Ocean Tower in Ratchadapisek to pick up our Intra orders. It took longer than usual as there were many people. My husband who was waiting in the car just in front of the office got bullied by the guards. That was terrible especially when one particular guard threatened to hit our car with a gate pole. What was annoying was there were other cars parked there, even much longer than us and why could they? And then there were more cars coming in who were also allowed to stand by. Such arrogance. People in the service industry who do not know how to do service have no right to be in that profession.

Inside the Lifestyles office I was talking to my friend (a kababayan) and she told me that she has actually stopped being in the loop of this MLM business. Like me, she is now just buying the products for her own personal use, and to serve others who order from her. Purely for health reasons, availing of the discount we already have as members. Aside from her lack of time to network with people and potential customers, she said that the “unfriendliness” of the office itself to foreign members discouraged her from actively participating. Oh well … I have experienced this myself several times when I dealt with this company. That is why I would just often order from my upline instead of directly from them. There is too much hassle as probably there are language and cultural barriers. Thai businesses are well-known not to care about customers anyway, as it is in their culture not to complain.

This was the major glitch last weekend. For a while it leaves you seething but what to do in a situation like this? It is safer to just let it be. I believe that when people are so nasty with us and we might not be able to pay them back an eye for an eye, vengeance will come to them somehow. In some future time, in some way, these nasty people will get what they deserve. Not through me, but through others or through life itself. There is a Higher Being who knows all things, sees all things, and judgment will be ultimately His.

So let’s just hang on and enjoy life. It’s too precious and short to be wasted on things that do not matter. And especially the weekend is so precious and short, gotta make use of it well. So that when the new week comes, we can enter it with rejuvenated bodies and renewed spirits, so we can keep going and fulfilling the purpose of living.

June 6, 2008

Handling noise pollution in the workplace

Filed under: Work life — carnationzky @ 3:51 am
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Human noise is inevitable in the workplace. Indoor noise pollution is the end result of activities created by humans in disturbing the peace and quiet of a certain space. It has been well-known among users in a certain room here on campus that the level of pollution is high, affecting physical health of almost all users. Yet nothing has been done about it. It is also well-known in the past that despite the large number of users in this particular room, there is still quietness  as everyone concentrates on his/her own work. When there needs to be some discussion, everyone can talk and participate. However, recently, a certain occurrence of indoor noise pollution has been observed. And the level is rising. This has led to others who are disturbed to do any of the following:

1. jam their ears with earplugs and listen to music, sometimes at a high volume to drown out the noise pollution;
2. leave the room and abandon whatever work that needs to be done;
3. transfer to another room such as the meeting room (if available) to do some work there – this is only possible if the person has his/her own notebook computer;
4. go for a coffee break (but you can only do this at most twice a day)!

There might be other ways to handle this issue. The best way is to let the noise polluters know that they are polluting the environment and to reduce the level of their noise. The dilemma is how to inform them in a way that will not create misunderstandings and other ballyhoo, leading to misinterpretations. To let them know that if they want to talk about things in their own language, or if they want to argue noisily, they can go out of the room and discuss it there. It is assumed that as professionals, people have to be considerate of the others especially in a tight space as this particular room, as all are here to work (hope so), and as a team people are working to achieve the same goals (hope hope so).

Can indoor noise pollution be a solid ground for leaving the job? If so, it’s now time to find a better job where people’s health is not endangered, and where there’s peace and quiet to be able to work efficiently.

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