Workplace- Unedited view of a members first year! - Workplace
10th October 2017

Workplace- Unedited view of a members first year!

In the beginning – Unbelievably it’s 12 months since I (Arthur Ward -KKANDOO) walked through the doors at Workplace. After many years working from offices on Manchester University Science Park and then Eaton Place on Washway Road in Sale and  a couple of years working from home on a virtual office basis, I’d come to miss the stimulation of a shared environment. For about a year I used the Business Library at The Central Library a couple of days a week and as a Manchester Rate payer I got lots of free time on their spanking new computers. Paying Didsbury Council Tax rates had eventually paid off! But the occasional stranger walking in and telling you random jokes had begun to pale.

The first challenge at Workplace was that they were on the 4th floor and I haven’t used enclosed lifts for some years. Squeezing into a metal box and then shutting you in is not my idea of fun. Using the stairs has never been a problem but the stairs in Churchgate are big. I take the stairs twice a day as I always go out at lunch so  I now have the legs of a mountain goat.

First impressions really do count 

A good start – First impressions were good and I pretty much signed up right away under the relentless pressure from Louise and Adrian! Within a few days I was told about a wine and fish supper evening involving free wine tasting. As I like wine, a fish supper and a night out I said count me in. There I met a few of the other members/tenants and was sat next a nice Irish girl, Gemma, who I have sponsored more times than I can remember since. In addition, she was telling me about her work and background and I told her she was “just a spring chicken” and she said, “so are you”. It made me wonder how bad her eyes were but it was sweet.

A great community feel

Being sociable – Shortly after that evening I was asked if I’d like to come to the Xmas party. As I like a party and a night out I said count me in. You get the picture by now I suspect. By now my wife was convinced I’d joined a social club not a work place. And I began to worry if I could afford the social events and sponsorship never mind the rent. It was a great night and I was sat next to the lovely Lysha and Laura from Qui so I wondered if it was a test!

An Eclectic mix of fellow workers

My Co-Workers   And so I found myself in the eclectic mix that is the Workplace environment.  Thrusting Millennials trying to get on and so energetic but friendly ( would I like to do Yoga, a 10 kilometre run, a Mud Run! – ha, ha), scary recruiters relentlessly hitting  the phones, Hip-hop and Grime agents putting tours together all over the world, Social Media experts who soon exposed my lack of knowledge in this area, marketing and creatives companies, software companies(ah I know something about that), political commentators, and some heavy duty engineering guys I think, graphic artists and so on, jobs I’d never heard of like Data Expert(?). And the loudest laugh I have ever heard from a human being. I’d wanted stimulation and I certainly was getting it – all in a business-like environment and pleasant surroundings.

Lessons from Workplace

What I’ve learnt – * A lot about Social Media – and my thanks go out to all the people I pestered for free advice.  * That although the hot desks are for anyone some places by default are always for some people. (Take them at your peril, such as Recruitment corner) * Recruitment is taking over the world * People are nice * Adrian is a good dancer as anyone who saw him dancing to “Your sex is on fire” at the Xmas party will know* Not to come in with a holiday tan and a stripy shirt as you will be told you look like David Dickenson. * There’s plenty of options on where to sit so vary your days to keep it interesting. * Pret a Manger is not a bad sandwich option and I never thought I would say that – it’s a little bit worrying * The guys from Workplace are very helpful.


So, I’m not planning to go anywhere unless my circumstances change, my legs give out, or Workplace put the charges up. And they wouldn’t do that – would they?


Art Ward


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