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A new Facebook page chronicles short stories from the workplace

Long working hours, office politics, and appraisals… a new Facebook page features short stories about modern-day work life

art-and-culture Updated: May 19, 2017, 15:00 IST
Soma Das
Soma Das
Hindustan Times
Accounts of a Workaholic narrates tales from the workplace
Accounts of a Workaholic narrates tales from the workplace(Illustration: Istock)

I don’t believe in office politics,” said the guy with incomplete projects, no punctuality and good gossip skills at his promotion party.’

This is one of the stories featured on Accounts of a Workaholic, a two-week old Facebook page (4,700 likes) chronicling the challenges of a workplace in today’s world.

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Accounts… is the brainchild of freelance PR professional and digital marketer Vidhi Pansari (23). She was inspired by storytelling collectives like Terribly Tiny Tales and The Scribbled Stories, which invite people to submit stories within a limited, short range of characters.

“I realised that there wasn’t a platform dedicated to the workplace, and yet it is so relevant in today’s times,” says Pansari, who has experience working in corporate workspaces and also briefly operated her own start-up.

Some of the stories talk about common issues like long working hours, low-pay, and the hobbies people pursue to unwind. Pansari uploads a story a day. And while the page currently features anecdotes contributed by Pansari’s friends and relatives, she is looking for stories from regular office-goers. There is only one condition: the stories have to be written within 150-180 characters.

Accounts… is not limited to short stories, though. From June, Pansari plans to also feature accounts of corporates from various fields, the challenges they face, and how they achieve work-life balance. “The work-life stories are particularly inspirational. There are people who struggle to make it big in the city, mothers who juggle a hectic office schedule while raising their children, as well as people who choose to stay away from the rat race. I want to document all their stories,” says Pansari.

To view the stories, visit aworkaholic

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