The other day I was talking to someone who made a reference to a company where she used to work. She hasn’t been there for a while, but she did work there over a decade. And she made a reference to “we”, i.e. the company and herself as a member of it, in the present tense.

I smiled at that, because I’ve done it myself. And I haven’t even worked anywhere over a decade. Hell, I’ve done it with regards to companies where I wasn’t even happy.

But some places, some people, some experiences, just stick with you more, I guess. Shape the Work You that you are now. Might or might not have anything to do with your favourite job, best boss, etc.

However, there are other jobs, other work environments, I have found, that you can shrug off as quickly and easily as a jacket. And it will mostly feel like you were never really there, never part of anything, except for a smudge of memory that could almost be second hand.

2 Comments on The corporate We

  1. Well have I got a book recommendation for you (on the topic): “Then We Came to the End” by Joshua Ferris. The whole book is written in first person plural — the corporate “we”. I highly recommend it to anyone who went through the 99-02 boom and bust, but it’s really well written and the POV is fascinating.

  2. I have been guilty of doing this many times. I think it happens when you are talking about something that you had great emotional investment in. Everything else, is, as you say “a smudge of memory”. Nice.

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