A much needed break after my graduation from Digital Interaction Design course at DJCAD in Dundee is over for few weeks now. Spending that break time with people who care about food and the planet (Almighty Foods) and learning from them was a brilliant experience. So were the attempts to get a job in food/hospitality sector, and finding it hard to transfer to the daily duties of hospitality work whilst silencing my creative spirit. A decision has been made to re-start my freelance practice and all is going well – connecting with great people, who I want to be friends with, and making good work for them. Most of it is website creation and graphic design which I both enjoy. Christmas visit in my hometown, Brno, brought an opportunity to apply to a company full of friendly people, relaxed atmosphere and less control, corporate atmosphere and fears that I’ve previously witnessed. My kind friend that I’d like to work with has shown me around and sparked the interest in me. I have to admit that I like the collective spirit and feeling of belonging. Spending one third of your life working seems more pleasant when you work with people that you like. My friend told me, that he has ended up there happily after writing down his criteria and thoughts for the next employment, after not being very happy at his previous employer. So I’d like to do the same 🙂
I like to connect with people, that give me the feeling of unconditional connection, mutual trust, which naturally sparks mutual interest and care. When you force me to mingle, I’ll mingle but not necessarily create a connection. Free culture of connecting with humans, this shall be called 🙂
Peace for work
I am more on the introverted nature of somebody who highly values his own peace. I can do great work if I set myself in the setting for it – by removing distractions and focusing well. I’ve found this hard in office full of people sometimes, where we stare at each other over our screens. I like to hide, do stuff, and then come back and socialise with whoever feels the same. Of course this doesn’t apply on tasks that are people-based by nature, like brainstormings, discussions, meetings with client… at these events I turn into very sociable buddy who is happy to talk, dream, laugh, empathise and think as one with others.
Nurturing my body
I care a bout my body, big time. My body speaks to me with different requests at the most random times you can imagine. After sitting for one hour, I sometimes have an itch to hang on a bar, walk like an animal, jump around the room and do freestyle movement in our living room. All this doesn’t need to be done with other people around who might get distracted, but having a means to release the tensions in the body and answer its important calls which are coming from the body’s natural self-care centre is of the highest priority for me. I love the fact that the mentioned company has a pull-up bar for example 🙂 I’d hang there and pull up every day!
I like to talk
- I naturally rely on my own consciousness, trusting myself and therefore trusting others.
- Allow others to tell me openly how they feel about what they are doing
- Being inspired by other disciplines is great.
- I think it’s important to sit at the table with the client.
- Culture of the company should not be made, it just comes from the people.
- The home office would be highly appreciated – everybody knows what is the most productive setting for themselves, and if the company’s open space with flying ping pong balls doesn’t quite cut it, why not to allow employees to find their own headspace elsewhere, if not crucially needed in the office?
- I don’t like the pressure on coming to work at a very exact time – five minutes later and you feel bad.
- Interest-driven engagement in projects is great and natural. (Of course, this is very challenging to manage).
- Can I propose how I feel I might be able to help?
- I love freedom. I like when an organisation is designed enough to work but not too much to be too corporate.