Work Coach Cafe is one of my favourite career blogs but a big reason I like it so much only struck me the other day.
It's like Central Perk from 'Friends' or the diner from Seinfeld, if such a place could ever exist online for your career.
A place to pull up a (virtual) chair and talk about what's on your mind. You don't need an agenda; You don't have to worry about being preached at; No one will tell you what's best for you or pretend to know your situation.
Sit down, share a story. That's all there is to it.
Work Coach Cafe stands out from its peers because it's more than just a waiting place.
Bus stations, doctors' reception rooms and airport lounges are waiting places. We only visit them to get somewhere else. They're a means to an end. We're not there by choice. We're only there because we have to be.
A waiting place is no place to talk about your career.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with waiting places. OK, some of them aren't well loved. The carpet might give you electric shocks, the seats can be uncomfortable and there's chewing gum stuck where you're trying to stand up or sit down. But they're just about OK in general because they serve a purpose.
Only because without them we wouldn't get to all those places we want to go.
A hastily assembled montage of 'just-passing-through' places
What I'm saying is this: Your career deserves more than a waiting place.
And you need more than a rushed, 'get-me-somewhere-else' conversation to do your career justice.
Work Coach Cafe is proof there are places where your work/life can be visited and re-visited, and the experience is a pleasant, refreshing one.
We can feel comfortable. We're not being hurried along. We don't have to wish we were somewhere else.
Our careers deserve all this and more.
New places to talk about our careers are appearing and - better still - they're starting to multiply too.
So what's your opinion?
Where do you like to talk about work - online or offline?
Have you ever been to a good waiting place?
What place does work/life fusion make you think of?
I'm keen to hear your thoughts!
All the best for now