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About Work Monkey Labs

We are a small team of dedicated professionals who have worked in Fortune 100 MNC’s around the world in senior capacities. We are intuitively drawn to the idea of giving and helping others. This, in turn, allows us to reinvent ourselves time and again. This has been one our guiding principles which drive us.

The story behind the name “Work Monkey Labs”

Work Monkey
Rhesus macaque

We were looking for a good name to name our site. Nothing figured out right for us for quite some time. Several days later, we had a monkey visitor at our home. Our home in Adyar, Chennai, India is just next to the Guindy national park, an evergreen forest, and a mini zoo.

The Monkeys, Rhesus macaque type frequent our locality and our homes and they usually keep jumping from roof to another. This time, one of the monkeys was unfazed and went in just straight to the kitchen cupboard picked up some food, munched it and walked away unabated just right in front of us.

It was clear to us that the name had to be Work Monkey and then we added the “Labs” later and thus, Work Monkey Labs was born.

Incidentally, we happen to find a definition of “Work Monkey” in the Urban Dictionary which suits us a bit.

A Work Monkey is the one person in your class that you get to do your work for you, and you don’t have to give them anything in return. They will get the paper you need for the day, do your homework and let you cheat in a test without wanting something back.

We went on to add our version for a definition of a “Work Monkey”.

“A work monkey is a person who helps others for collaboration, harnesses collective intelligence through social media for new ideas, innovation and problem solving.”

About Ramkumar Yaragarla

Ramkumar Yaragarla
Ramkumar Yaragarla

Hi, welcome.  I am Ramkumar Yaragarla. I am 43  years old. I have spent  17 years working as a business analyst and a program manager in Human resources and IT  functions in several Fortune 100 companies in India and the UK.  I worked for Hewlett Packard, DELL, Avery and the Tatas.

Through this blog, I write about Social media , Social networks, Work Collaboration , Innovation , Creativity and Work life balance. My interests include: Social Collaboration, Social networks, Collective intelligence, Collaborative Innovation, Peer production,  Group dynamics, Idea hubs and Work life balance. I am open to your suggestions.

Apart from writing, I do a bit of swimming, internet surfing, working out at the gym and playing at the beach with my 8 year old daughter. I am open to your suggestions, comments, and feedback.

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