The concept blending is when an individual’s work is so good: No one sees it!
This is all the effort that goes into making sure things simply flow as smoothly as possible. Though elaborate and time-consuming, it usually doesn’t gain the credit it deserves.
For a teacher, it’s the arrangement of the classroom, the cleanliness, the space, the supplies, etc. For others it is the years of knowledge/information/categorization that is scanned for a very simple and direct answer. It is also when we pigeon holed ourselves for “what we could have/should have/would have done,” and ignore all of the work we did.
There are standards and expectations. I wanted to separate two notions of blending: direct work expectations versus blending indirect/environmental/situational expectations.
Sometimes our work blends so well, we may not receive credit for all the work we put in, but the result is: there are no complaints, the job is finished accurately.
Other times acknowledgment is on everything non-work related: presentation, environment, communication, all of which can vary in standards.
Sometimes we “under/over highlight” this type of blending, especially when occupational standards are not set. This means we highlight responding to an email, rather than praising the content or information presented within it. It brings to question: What are blending standards?
Blending happens! I wanted to encourage individuals to become aware of where they blend, where they can give themselves additional credit, and note that we need to be aware of it.