The (Un)Official Guide to Official WhatsApp Groups!
“Shanta bai, aaj aana nahi tha to pehle bataya kyun nahi” , frantically asking my maid on phone.
“Maydam, WhatSHHApp kiya than na!”
Lights, Camera, PING! WhatsApp today has become ubiquitous for all kinds of communication. Scroll through your chats and you will be dishing out responses faster than Brett Lee bowling.
A “thank you Sir” to the boss and to the colleague who only speaks in emojis! [Like a cipher for you to decode and respond]. And of course to your wife who is baffled why you wrote a message to her that says ‘Good Job. Well Done! I value your continued contribution’. That’s just the start!
And just in case you are wondering how to juggle across all these groups, here’s a cheat code! Our UnOfficial Guide to the Official WhatsApp Groups!
Rule #1. Koi Good News?
Remember on Office Groups, always share good and happy news. And no, a new morning is not a good news. So Good Morning doesn’t count. What if you don’t have one? Simple, make one. How? Say you had committed a 100 + turnout for an event that you are organizing, but the actual turnout was only 5. Take a back shot photograph of the 5 guys who turned up from different angles and share it nevertheless with the words” whopping response to event”. Create a picture collage (yes keep those collage apps handy). Don’t be that annoying colleague that shared 20 pics of the same event one after the other with the notification pings ringing more vigorously than the mandir bells in Deewar!
Rule #2. Jaisa Desh Vaisa Bhesh.
Remember that messages are all about the impression you want to leave with others. So make sure you are part of each group but ensure that you follow the ‘code of conduct’ as outlined below:
A) With CEO, Super Boss, Boss and Team –
CEO (01:02 am): Are we ready for the campaign coming Thursday?
Super Boss (01: 03 am): Yes Sir. Navin is leading it.
Navin Boss (05:06 am): Yes Sir, Deven is fully equipped to handle it.
Me (07:30 am):
Sure Sir. We are all set.
B) No CEO but Super Boss, Boss and Team –
Super Boss (01: 05 am): Navin I hope you heard him.
Navin Boss (05:06 am): Yes Sir, Don’t worry. What say Deven?
Yes. Don’t Worry.
We are awaiting few approvals.
C) No Boss but team –
Me (09:00 am) –
Empathetic Fellow Colleague (09: 07) – Approval Friday se pehle nahi aana.
Me (09:08) –
Mujhe pata tha
Lekin garib ko poochta kaun hain
Kaha se karun ab Thursday ko launch
Phir kuch fata to mere pe aayega.
Lag gayi hain!
Thumb rule: Your ‘clean and hard-working perception’ should be proportional to the no. of higher authorities in the group.
Rule #3. Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman!
Want to be one? Here’s how you can go about it:
- Just out of the blue share an article on a weekend (like this one). This will cement your reputation as an avid industry follower in the company. Post from smart websites like the Economist, HBR and BreathingRoom.
- Check if the highest authority in the group is online before posting messages. See the highest number of responses for your post will come in only after he has spoken on the group, got it?
- And yeah, brownie points if you schedule posts on Sunday early mornings or on weekdays after office hours!
- Find an innovative aspect to respond. Don’t be the 160th guy to write Congratulations on a sales high post.
- And yeah don’t forget to tell ‘How the Boss inspires you’
Rule#4. Doobte ko tinke ka sahara – Emoji!
Loss of words/Awkward situations/ Cornered?
Fikar Not. Keep emojis ready. It is a neutral way to show that you’ve read a message even if you just don’t care! But just be careful in your choice of fingers. Between a thumb and a middle finger, lies a career limiting move! Ouch.
Rule#5. On your Mark, Get Set …. Add New Group!
Yes of course! Quickly form a new WhatsApp group for every new project you work on. Do have an inspirational quote [Like Let’s do it! Or Team Bonding messages] to show that you care and also that you call the shots! Remain the admin. Never let anyone else become one before you can. That’s the trick!
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