August 9, 2021

Awards for good colleagues

Here are some awards to recognise your colleagues for doing the bare minimum.

2 min read

1. The selective texter

Has the remarkable ability to ignore work texts while sending the most motivational forwards on the WhatsApp group chat.

2. The trickster

Calls you randomly to ask for ‘help’ and then, before you know it, you’ve done their work for them. 

3. The astro-not    

Has circled back to you so often that they are now, in fact, orbiting you.

4. The most adequately enthusiastic

Fakes enthusiasm for the virtual team retreat but is mysteriously ‘sick’ on the day of.

5. The inspo-bro

Cannot stop talking about how they feel ‘grounded and inspired’ because they went on *one* field visit. 

6. The hands-it-down

Has mastered the art of downward delegating their work in the name of ‘professional growth and development’.

7. The Zoom, Zoom, Zoomer     

Sets up back-to-back calls to discuss work so they don’t actually have to do it. 

8. The email graveyard

With them, lie 3,476 unopened emails, never to be seen ever again.

9. The energiser bunny

Is so excited to be ‘making a difference’ that they eat impact for breakfast. 

10. The haven’t heard from them Yet-i

Whenever you need them, they’re nowhere to be found. Do they even work here? 

11. The Chief-of-Good Times

Spends every waking hour convincing you that they’re ‘not a regular boss, but a cool boss.’

12. The field visit butterfly

Is never in office because they’re always flitting from one field visit to the next. 

13. The adaptor

Loves to plug in their opinions, especially when it’s not wanted.

14. The energy vampire

You need a minimum 30-minute nap after every conversation with them. 

Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual colleagues, at your current workplace or last, is purely coincidental. 

Inspired by @awardsforgoodboys.

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Tanaya Jagtiani

Tanaya is an editorial associate at IDR, where she manages Failure Files, in addition to writing, editing, curating, and publishing content. She also supports the team on website management, recruitment and mentoring of interns, and external communications consultancy work. Prior to this, she interned at Coram Beanstalk, Samhita Social Ventures, and ActionAid India. Tanaya holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA in Sociology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

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Sucharita Iyer

Sucharita Iyer is a researcher and anthropologist based in Mumbai, India. She is interested in issues relating to young people's access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has previously worked at Dasra, with the 10to19: Dasra Adolescents Collaborative. There, she conducted research on youth issues and managed the 10to19 Community of Practice, a national body of youth-focused nonprofits. She holds a master's degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.