Subject: Leaving Your Personal Life At Home

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Life is a balancing act. Work, school, family, social lives, relationships and the personal commitments that make up our daily routines. Whether you’re starting a new internship or working for a company you’ve been with for years... stress is inevitable. Some people are very expressive, and it is obvious when they are having a bad day, others are able to hide their emotions well and never seem to be bothered, but either way we ALL experience it. I too have had my share of shitty moments, but I’ve learned that there is a time and a place for everything. Using tact and common sense to separate your personal life and your work life is the best choice.

Weird fact, the average person spends 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime (Grim)…this doesn’t have to be a daunting statistic, this just means your work should be something your proud of, something you enjoy and, in an environment,, you WANT TO BE IN. It also means your co-workers are going to see you more than most other people. There will be plenty of opportunities to make friendships and learn from others perhaps working in roles you someday hope to be in. 9 times out of 10 they do not want to hear about another argument with your boyfriend in an hour long awkward conversation, or the colonoscopy your cat had on your last day off. It’s unnecessary and distracting, save it for your bestie’s or your mom. 

Interning and working in 2018 involves technology in some form (obvs). Smartphones, emails, computers, blogs and …… social media. When you start at a new company DO NOT I repeat DO NOT add every person in the office to Facebook. If social media is part of your role that’s great, but there are still boundaries. I’m a very open person, out-going and I make friends easily but when I’m working I am focused and in my zone. I don’t want to be judged by Becky in accounting for my last post, I want to be taken seriously, liked and respected for my work ethic and results. Privacy is rare these days so keep a little of that mystery.

Professionalism, in my opinion the most important skill in any role. Use your common sense for example; work is not the place for scrolling all day, texting your ex, or gossiping. All these things can and will eventually ruin your day. Not to mention you won’t get much work done. Try to use your phone only on your lunch or breaks, don’t depend on it for all day entertainment. If you are really that bored, try learning a new aspect of your role or practice something you know could use improvement. Focus your energy productively.

In the case of a real emergency, family, health or a serious personal problem talk to someone you trust in your workplace. Ask your boss or a trusted co-worker to talk privately and don’t make a massive dramatic scene. You may just need to cool down for a few minutes so take a short walk or a short personal break. If you do have to leave the office let someone know, and don’t feel too bad about it. Shit happens, and we are all human <3

Kind regards, 

Jessica Taylor