As you may or may not know, I recently went back to work after 2 1/2 years of being one of the unemployed. It was shortly before my last job ended that I discovered World of Warcraft, and shortly after my last job ended I joined a raiding guild and was a "casual elite" raider for most of that time.
I noticed some habits that I developed while actively raiding, and I got to thinking lately about how different the work force might be if we applied a WoW raiding mentality at work.
And I don't mean the "that's what she said" jokes.
In all seriousness, think about it:
What if you fully researched each job assignment, and even each potential job before an interview--from different aspects, learning what your role would be and how best to fulfill that role?
What if you actually kept researching after landing the job, making sure you kept up to date on any changes that may affect your role, always striving to improve your performance?
What if you researched potential "boss" encounters, learning what makes a particular boss "tick", and how to "dodge" potential "attacks" on your work and/or performance?
What if you learned to build up your "resilience" when constructive criticism was offered to you?
What if you actually set your alarm, juggled your other obligations, and made sure you were always early for work? And not only early, but PREPARED with "food" and "flasks", i.e. a proper lunch, drinks and snacks if appropriate to your work environment, or the proper means to buy such items.
What if we continuously worked on self-improvement, attempting to keep ourselves healthy and fit both mentally and physically, essentially repairing our "armor", so that we can continue to deal with the daily "attacks" by outside forces, fellow employees, and life in general?
WoW may be just a game. But many of us have or still take it very seriously. Many of the things I have mentioned are basic, common-sense practices we should bring to the work force anyway.
But how many of us really apply these things?
Just some food for thought.
Ok, back to Brewfest. Happy gaming!