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Don't Leave Yourself at The Door: Please Come in.

The company entrance isn't just a physical gateway but a psychological one. It's where personal ambitions, family, external interests, and parts of your identity are temporarily set aside to make room for work agendas, professional relationships, company politics, and corporate objectives. This daily transformation highlights the complex interplay between our personal and professional selves, raising questions about authenticity, identity, and the cost of our professional lives on our well-being.

Interestingly, the impact of this transformation extends beyond individual employees to shape the company's culture. A workplace where employees feel they need to significantly alter their personalities may foster a culture of conformity and surface-level interactions. Conversely, companies that recognize and embrace the diverse personalities of their employees can cultivate a more inclusive, dynamic, and innovative environment. It begs the question: how can organizations create spaces that encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work, thus enriching the workplace with a tapestry of genuine interactions and perspectives?

This duality of workplace identity also speaks to the broader societal norms and expectations about work. The distinction between personal and professional lives is deeply ingrained in many cultures, yet it's worth pondering the possibilities if these boundaries were more fluid. What if professionalism embraced more of our personal identity, allowing for a more holistic representation of who we are in the workplace? This could potentially reduce stress, increase job satisfaction, and foster environments where creativity and innovation thrive.

As we navigate the complexities of our work identities, it's crucial to remember that the essence of who we are shouldn't be compromised for the sake of a job. Finding harmony between our personal and professional lives is a challenging but worthwhile pursuit. It requires introspection, open conversations with employers, and sometimes, the courage to redefine what professionalism means to us as individuals and as a society.

The journey from the company entrance to the exit symbolizes more than just the start and end of the workday. It represents the ongoing negotiation between our multiple selves and the roles we play. As we move forward, let's aim for a future where the company entrance is a place of transition, not transformation, where employees feel empowered to be their authentic selves, enhancing their own lives and the organizations they are a part of.


It's shocking what inspires us to write sometimes. The inspiration for this post came from watching people coming and going from work and Bugs Bunny. Yes, Bugs. The cartoon short "Bugs' Bonnents" shows the power of a simple hat to transform people's personalities. Here is that cartoon. Enjoy.

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