What Does a "Thriving Office" Sound Like in a Web Worker World?

As web workers, we push back against the stereotypes of what’s necessary to appear professionally successful. A corner office. Lots of billable hours. A busy staff running around. Every day, we throw all that out the window and focus on productivity at its core. Getting more done in a spare bedroom, a table at Starbucks…and yes, even a cubicle…than most traditional employees could dream about.

We think we’re making progress. And then there’s Thriving Office (via TechCrunch):

Small businesses know they must seem successful to become successful. So they play Thriving Office while they’re on the phone. This valuable CD is filled with the sounds people expect to hear from an established company, providing instant credibility.

Thriving Office contains two 39-minute tracks: “Busy” and “Very Busy”. Both are filled with the sounds of voices, phones, computers, drawers and more.

Instant credibility?!?

Credibility isn’t “instant.” It’s earned. You build a strong history of doing outstanding work, completing projects on time and on budget, and handling yourself professionally on and off-line. That does mean that the television isn’t on in the background and your conversation isn’t competing with kitchen noises (and definitely not with bathroom noises, please!) while you’re on the phone. A good noise-canceling microphone doesn’t hurt.

Callers simply need to believe that you take your business seriously. They don’t have to hear squeaky desk chairs and slamming file cabinet drawers for that.

What does a “Thriving Office” mean to you? If you were to make a CD of background noise to show callers the reality of how you mean business, what would it sound like?

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