Friday, June 15, 2018
Getting Too Comfortable At Work
Have you ever noticed that some people get really comfortable at work? It's very strange. My boss takes naps in his office during business hours. He is the owner of the firm and announces to everyone that he is going to take a nap. He stores his kids' old toys in the office. He has also brought boxes of stuff to the office from when each of his parents died. All taking up valuable work space (this is a small office- one floor of an old house).
We have a paralegal who lists the office number for her physicians, friends and family. There is a legal assistant who has files for her personal businesses on the firm computers. She makes personal business calls from the office telephone and personal business faxes from the office fax number. There is another legal assistant who lets her step children make personal calls from the office telephone. Sometimes her step-son's friends will call when he is not there which of course requires office staff to answer the phone for a 14 year old.
I've never been that comfortable at work. I don't nap at work, I don't list my work telephone number as a contact number for my doctor offices, I don't even email my friends from my work email address. I try to maintain a strong separation between work and home life. I don't have personal knickknacks at work, no pictures, nothing. I don't even have my degree hanging on the wall. I always think I don't want to have to lug a lot of stuff around if I get fired or the office moves. Are you that comfortable at work?