The company I work for has scaled up by 113% in the last year, which means that there is a constant stream of HR emails welcoming new team members, onboarding and introductory sessions via Zoom. I myself was one of these newbies not even a month ago - in fact, next Monday will mark a whole month since I started. The time has flown, with days of non-stop strategising, research and my fair amount of challenges. Stressy emergency Slack calls, the white-hot panic of publishing something to hundreds of thousands of people with a typo or missing something crucial in my calendar. But I feel happy, I'm learning every day, things that I'd never think of, and my colleagues are really chill.
I notice that I feel I just don't have enough time in the day to get everything done - I start work at 9 and often finish around 6. By then, it's rapidly getting dark outside and I have 3 hours before the curfew to exercise, socialise and buy groceries. That time, much like my working day and this first month, flies by. Before I know it, it's 9pm and I'm back on the couch, un-exercised and staring at an empty Write Together template.
I've immersed myself in startup buzzwords this last month, and here are some of my least favourite: 'deep dive', 'circle back', 'touch base' and 'alignment'. Of course you have to have alignment, otherwise, the company falls apart. Touching base is an unnecessarily personal way of saying 'catch up', and I think we can all agree that circling back is one of the cheesiest business lingos out there. What's your favourite? It's funny to me that these buzzwords are the same everywhere.
Anyway, I can honestly say that I've gone from lost and confused Freya in a big company with no idea of who anybody is to a slightly stronger grasp on the door handle of this speeding train.