Entry 70: Teamwork
This week I worked on a couple of collaborative activities with other people, which I don't do as often as I should.
At my job, I had to work with several volunteers and new employees that come and go every other week, and I was told to instruct them how do this job. When I worked with a temp, there is a possibility that they are not fully investing themselves into this job, which makes them a slow learner. I also had to teach some volunteers, and more often than not they are volunteering for community service, so they may really not care about doing this job.
But I am often surprised by how each type of person is willing, or not so willing, to perform their work. For some reason, the people who wanted to work as a temp will quit after a month, but the volunteers are actually putting more honest work than some employees. It’s kind of cool, yet disappointing, to see someone who isn’t getting paid work harder than someone who is getting paid.
The other day I also collaborated with my dad on creating a raised garden-bed for my aunt. He had the blueprints for one version, but he wanted to create a different version without any schematics. So, we spent about an hour at The Home Depot trying to figure out how to create a blueprint from scratch. It was fun to figure out how to make a functional and neat, yet structurally sound, plant box. My dad likes to do the math in his head, but I have to see the math in order for me to understand. Once I helped create a blueprint, my dad was able to easily build a beautiful Garden-bed on wheels. It now has a tiny tomato plant as its first test.
And as the future goes, I was able to reconnect with a friend from Kentucky who likes to dabble with cinematography, which would be a great asset to my 3D film I am working on. So when it comes to collaboration, I enjoy working with others to get a job done, creating something from nothing, and bringing talents together to make something better.
P.S. - My 3D project is on a temporary halt at the moment while I study tutorials for several hours, which has been quite enlightening considering the fact that I didn’t really study while I created my 3D film in college. Stay tuned.