Parking space psychology

Parking space psychology, originally uploaded by mskogly.

– Taken at 9:23 AM on March 29, 2007 –

AKA: How to tell if your coworkers hate their job by watching how they park their cars.

I’ve been festering this theory…

Personally, when I finally get to work, after getting the kids to kindergarden and driving 20 km, I simply pull into the first available parking spot I can find, get my stuff and heads to my desk to crank out some bad code.

In “parking lot psychology terms”, this means that I like my job, as do most of my coworkers.

But every day there are quite a few people that take their sweet time, and actually backs their car into place, a process that takes up to 10 times as long.

I want to go home!
My theory is that the people who back their cars into a parking space like this, simply can’t wait for the day to be over so that they can go back home. They actually spend lots of thought and energy even before coming to work on how they can leave in the fastest way possible.

Check it out for yourself the next time you get to work, and see who among your coworkers would rather be somewhere else… :)


Eureka, We Failed!


Found this great piece from Businessweek.com about companies that actually celebrate their failures (Failure Party), it also talks about writing your own Failure Resume. All of this is of course to make it easier to be upfront and hence learn from our mistakes. Perhaps we’ll see a AA model for admitting failure …

Eureka, We Failed!:

Why are leaders encouraging workers to foul up? Because breakthroughs require risk-taking and nothing breeds success like failure. BusinessWeek’s executive managing editor, John Byrne, talks with management editor Jena McGregor about how companies are realizing they must learn from their mistakes by embracing them and set their people free from fear of failure