When we last looked in on our intrepid writer we explored a conversation he had with a friend about going … camping. Highly riveting I know.
So, let’s look at another conversation I had recently with a co-worker.
Yes! I have a job that includes ‘playing well with others’ … Kind of
I am working on changing that aspect of my life as well.
Anyway … the conversation went something like this.
Coworker: “So you need to (sorry I don’t remember what inane task it was).”
Me: “I do? Why?”
Coworker: “Because if that’s not done the boss will get mad.”
Me: “Well that’s unfortunate.”
Coworker: “What do you mean?”
Me: “I mean that since I don’t work for the boss he will not be getting what he wants since it doesn’t help me serve the people I really do work for, and so he will get mad. It’s unfortunate for him that he has such a limited view of the world that he will get angry because some pointless task is not completed. It must suck to be him.”
Coworker: “What do you mean you don’t work for the boss?”
Me: “Just what I said, I don’t work for him. I work for me. And because I like my customers and what I do, I work for my customers. Those are the reasons I work. If I worked for a single person I don’t think I would bother showing up to ‘work’ … ever!”
Coworker: “But he can fire you!”
Me (sarcasm shows her sweet face with her friend confidence): “Well that would be very counterproductive. We have generated more business in three months than in the previous year. Our customers have given us rave reviews in writing and repeat orders happen every month.”
Insert a VERY … VERY … VERY … long pause here….
Coworker: “I wish I could do that.”
Me: “Do what?”
Coworker: “Work for myself.”
Me: “If you aren’t working for yourself who the hell are you working for?”
Coworker: “I need this job so I am working to keep it.”
Me: “Why do you need this job?”
Coworker: “I have bills to pay and obligations.”
Me: “Ok … And?”
Yeah, I know I am an ass most of the time, I really do try not to be a sarcastic jackass. Well not really …
Me: “So you only work to pay the bills and meet obligations?”
Coworker: “No! I love what I do. I am good at it.”
Me: “So then do you always do what you believe is best for what you are trying to accomplish in your work? Do you always do what is the best reflection of your skills?”
Coworker: “Not really.”
Coworker: “Because the boss tells me to do other things and I do what I am told.”
Me: “So you are only working for the bills paid.”
Coworker (sheepish): “Yeah I guess.”
See it sounds all well and good … ignore your boss and do what you want.
Once again … Not really the point.
Come back for part three and I might finally get to the dang point…
OR I might not.
I might just recite another conversation.
Only one way to find out!