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Let’s stop hiding behind the facade of professionalism and start treating coworkers like they’re real people. I work in an office that most business grads would shudder at. People make jokes, they tell personal stories, they ask “how’s it going” and really mean it. Sometimes a swear word flies out, sometimes tempers flare while working on a project and voices are raised and then resolution is reached and a compromise made.

What’s wrong with that? Why must we work in a clinical world where people refuse to see colleagues as human beings: flawed and hurting and with hopes and dreams just like me.

There is a time and a place for “being professional” – in a boardroom, in a client meeting, on an interview. But those are just the niceties of formal interactions, and more often than not, professionalism gives us a shield behind which to hide our insecurities. There’s nothing wrong with that. BUT… once the boardroom has cleared, or the job is landed, let’s treat each others like people.

Tell a joke. Admit frustrations. Drop the corporate facade and free yourself to be the person that is uniquely you! There’s only one of you – don’t rob your colleagues of the perspective that can only come from you.

» Posted By Ninner On 03.06.2012 @ 9:28 am

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