Do you remember that classic non-fiction book by Robert Fulghum entitled All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten? Originally written 1988 and republished in 2004, the author reminds us of the simple lessons we learned in kindergarten and how they can serve us well in our adult life. Ideas like sharing and taking a nap; all have value.
However, we also learned how to throw a temper tantrum and how to pout if we didn’t get our own way and name calling and excluding the kids that weren’t in our “clique” and several other attitudes and problem solving techniques that have seemed to stick with us. Or at least some of us. I bet you can think of someone in the office who exhibits those childish attributes when they don’t get their own way.
I just came across an article at Women on Business that takes a humorous look at what happens when we bring our childhood bad habits to the work place:
- When you walked into work this morning and pleasantly greeted your co-worker Jim, was his first reaction to scream “NO! WANT JASON!” followed by an office supply being thrown at you?
- Do you have to lock yourself in the supply closet or bathroom on a regular basis in order to make phone calls?
- Did you finish a complete thought at any time during the day?
- When you went out to lunch with your fellow workers, did you have to pack a diaper/juice/ extra outfit for them? Did you have to wipe their faces? Smile an apology and leave an extra tip for the waiter on their behalf?
- When a co-worker needed you for something, did she sit at her desk with her head tilted back toward the ceiling and repeatedly scream “SEAN! SEEEEANNNN! SEAAAAAAN!” until you came to find him?
- When you needed a specific colleague, did you search all over for him, only to finally find him giggling in the cabinet under the sink? Did you also find six pairs of your church shoes under there with him?
Sometimes the lines between childhood and adulthood; career woman and mother get blurred. You’ve heard the story of the woman attending a business dinner, having a stimulating conversation with the guest of honor only to realized she’d been cutting up his meat while they talked.
Do you have a story to share about the work and home lines being crossed or a time when a co-worker threw a temper tantrum just like in first grade? Share your story on our Facebook page.