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The Coworking Employee

I like to think that I’m acutely aware of my personal productivity at work, and this puts me in a great position to tune my working environment to maximise both the benefit to my employer, and my own happiness. The two key factors are my hours and location. The hours I work is an entire blog post all by itself, suffice to say that I hate being stressed by a rush hour commute, and the early bird may catch the worms, but I’m no bird, my needs go far beyond basic feeding. The other is where, or more specifically with whom.

Despite having an engineering degree I like to think of myself as a creative. I create software and I put my heart and soul into it because I love what I do. This may seem slightly at odds to the traditional view of a tech based employee, some kind of man-machine hybrid that mechanically churns out software on demand, but if you’ve ever met me I’m sure you will agree that I’m far from the norm in this industry. To keep creative juices flowing you need inspiration and in my case I’m looking for those key conversations where you just met someone and end up having a heated agreement.

Coworking spaces all around the world attract exactly the kinds of people I’m passionate about meeting. I think those of us who get coworking have a shared passion for exactly these types of experiences, and we seek them out whenever possible. They have the uncanny ability to turn your otherwise average day into one that you will remember for a lifetime. You simply can’t find these experiences on a regular basis in traditional office environments, but in coworking spaces they are de rigueur.

And this isn’t just hyperbole, just yesterday I was working out of New Work City in New York, plodding away on some Perl code when I struck up a conversation with Campbell of Loose Cubes (a coworking space finder) and was so inspired and energised by our conversation that I went on to do 5 hours of work on top of my usual working day.

It’s been clearly shown that money is not the key incentive to happy productive employees but that freedom, flexibility and creative ownership are. So sure, as an employer, you could have people like me sitting in their cube, punching in at 10 and out at 6, doing what is required of us, but nothing more, or you could let your employees have that little bit of freedom to work how and where we are most productive, and watch our productivity go through the roof.

Social Media Douchebags are Just Douchebags in Social Media

 

 
There is a certain amount of constructed jealousy from the alpha geeks who coined this phrase. After all, who wouldn’t want a job where apparently all you have to do is what we all do for fun (tweet, blog, tag, text, post, ping, write, etc). Just to be clear, I know this isn’t actually all that Social Media types do… at least not the good ones, much more goes into working in an industry where communication is key. I have a lot of respect for many of these people, and am proud to call some of them my friends.
One of the phrases I often hear when Social Media becomes the topic of conversation is “Why don’t they just get real jobs?”, normally uttered by software developers or engineers. I myself may have uttered such a phrase from time to time. I think this stems from the small group of people who want to be social media types, because they don’t want to work – in other words, from the same misguided constructed jealousy that caused techies to claim the phrase “Social Media Douchebag.” Ironically those who hate most on Social Media types are not only the most jealeous, but also the people who would be the worst at it. They simply don’t get what it’s about. I’m no Social Media expert (well, not yet!), but I think I have a pretty good idea of the industry and many of the concepts it revolves around. 
In any industry (especially technology) there are douchebags, twats and pretenders who really don’t get their subject field, and so bring their entire subject into disrepute. By no means is Social Media isolated from this. There are certainly Social Media Douchbags out there, but they are Douchebags by nature, not because of Social Media. We’ve all got friends who tell us all they want to do is tweet all day and go to parties, and that they want to quit their job to become a Social Media Consultant. What these people really don’t get is that there is so much more work to it than just going to parties. You actually have to be good at what you do, not just at drinking Cosmopolitans and Dom Perignon.
Social Media Douchbags aren’t Douchebags because they are in Social Media. They are just plain old Douchebags. The same applies to the arrogant alpha geeks. Douchebags, like the rest of them.

Why do we in the tech community make so much fun of so called “Social Media Douchebags”?

There is a certain amount of constructed jealousy from the alpha geeks who coined this phrase. After all, who wouldn’t want a job where apparently all you have to do is what we all do for fun (tweet, blog, tag, text, post, ping, write, etc). Just to be clear, I know this isn’t actually all that Social Media types do… at least not the good ones, much more goes into working in an industry where communication is key. I have a lot of respect for many of these people, and am proud to call some of them my friends.

One of the phrases I often hear when Social Media becomes the topic of conversation is “Why don’t they just get real jobs?“, normally uttered by software developers or engineers. I myself may have uttered such a phrase from time to time. I think this stems from the small group of people who want to be social media types, because they don’t want to work – in other words, from the same misguided constructed jealousy that caused techies to claim the phrase “Social Media Douchebag.” Ironically those who hate most on Social Media types are not only the most jealous, but also the people who would be the worst at it. They simply don’t get what it’s about*. 

In any industry (especially technology) there are douchebags, twats and pretenders who really don’t get their subject field, and so bring their entire subject into disrepute. By no means is Social Media isolated from this. There are certainly Social Media Douchbags out there, but they are Douchebags by nature, not because of Social Media. We’ve all got friends who tell us all they want to do is tweet all day and go to parties, and that they want to quit their job to become a Social Media Consultant. What these people really don’t get is that there is so much more work to it than just going to parties. You actually have to be good at what you do, not just at drinking Cosmopolitans and Dom Perignon.

Social Media Douchbags aren’t Douchebags because they are in Social Media. They are just plain old Douchebags. The same applies to the arrogant alpha geeks. Douchebags, like the rest of them.

*I’m no Social Media expert (well, not yet!), but I think I have a pretty good idea of the industry and many of the concepts it revolves around.