When I think about the nuisances about the corporate working environment, it is vast and wide. There are many layers of interaction that can cause a conflict or even merely not communicating effectively can cause a conflict.
When Silence Means (Nothing At All or Every thing It Is) is the unspoken reality all of us would love to know when we are in a constant environment of interacting and reacting to one another.
From my personal experience, I would say when Silence Means (Everything It Is), this is the natural and realistic atmosphere of the corporate world. Here are some very real questions we face in our minds on a daily basis:
- How many times do you second guess another person’s intentions just based on a third party information about them?
- What is that person’s actions showing, is it positively or negatively affecting your role, your influence, your appeal in the organisation, is it a threat? is it an opportunity?
- Do I need to get involved in certain meetings, gatherings just to acknowledge another’s presence/ ideal of being present or does it mean that I have to always contribute and be involved to secure my position?
On the flip side, when Silence Means (Nothing At All) could turn out to be a form of a focus/ solitude of excelling in your own space and proving and exemplifying your ability to shut the noise around. I would say in certain environments of work, this is useful as the more external pressures you receive, it is more likely to be reactive.
This could also mean that we are not concerned about the nuisances of political play at work and have the faith to be sure about your thoughts, actions, behaviour leading to a personal satisfaction, personal leverage on the organisation to effectively see silence as a positive form to excel.
Conversely, the corporate world isn’t that straight forward and all of us have our ideals, aspirations whatever form it is. I believe that in accepting that our working environment overlaps and is interconnected, we should be mindful and plan out accordingly when the Silence Means (Nothing At All) and (Everything It Is) to maintain our stability and to progress in the organisation. Utilising the knowledge you have on the environment around you and acting on the necessary perception you can give to others is favourable.