I have a big problem with the workplace. Well, I have A LOT of problems with the workplace, actually, but this happens to be rather high on my list.
I guess I’m sort of a creeper, to a certain extent, because I observe people all the time. That’s my thing.
I watch and I listen and I realize how ridiculously crazy people are most of the time while they’re at work.
A lot of people tend to feel that they need to put on some kind of front while at work…they can’t be themselves. Instead, they have to be perfect. ALWAYS.
So they put on their suits and they cary their briefcases and they walk from meeting to meeting, focusing on numbers and on the latest budget reports. They’re serious all the time. They can’t laugh, they can’t joke. Because that would make them unprofessional.
Now, I get that people have to work. I also understand that we have to focus on numbers and on budgets and reports.
But in doing so, we can’t forget there’s also a human side to work. Work isn’t just numbers. Work isn’t just reports. Work isn’t just about the bottom line.
Work is also about human relationships. Work is about BUILDING those human relationships.
Because without those relationships, work is not possible.
It’s okay to show that human side of yourself while you’re at work. It’s okay to have a personality. It’s okay to be nice to people.
We’re not robots.
And honestly, I’ve found that when you share that human side of yourself with others, people are more receptive towards you. People like you more because you’re honest. You’re silly. You’re NOT perfect. You’re just like everyone else. You’re human.
A little crazy. A little messed up. A little not-so-put-together.
So don’t be afraid to open up every once in a while.
For example, I was running into work not too long ago wearing my not-so-hemmed pants which I have to wear my 5 inch heels with. And so I decide to take the elevator to prevent myself from falling flat on my face. So what happened? I got off the elevator, took 4 steps, my heel got stuck in a crack on the floor, and I fell. On my face. The best part was…I didn’t just fall, I also ripped my pants. Big time.
So I got up, continued walking to my office, and when people greeted me with the usual, “Good Morning! How are you?” my response to them was NOT, “Fine, thanks.”
Instead, it was more like “Wonderful, thanks, I ripped my pants! Isn’t that great?”
And you know what? People didn’t look at me and scold me for being honest. Instead, they laughed and some of them even shared with me their own embarrassing stories.
So my point is, don’t be the kind of person at work who has the personality of a tree. Be true to who you are, don’t put on a front, and you’ll be much more likely to build those human relationships which are essential to career success.
PLUS… you’ll be wayyyy cooler in my book.