One of the guys on my staff has told me that he comes to work sometimes purely for the entertainment value. I have to admit that sometimes I do too. Our office is probably not unique with its assortment of odd inhabitants but they’re the ones that I have to deal with everyday; so it’s all I know. Some days are weirder than others and usually all you can do is laugh (screaming and cussing is frowned upon even when justified – stupid HR rules).
There is a person in our office that appears to be a cross between “Doc Brown” from “Back to the Future” and ‘The Clown’ from Stephen King’s “It”. But he acts stranger than either of those characters. There’s the ‘Office Know-It-All’ – if you ask that person for the time, they tell you how to build a watch. No office would be complete without the ‘Brown-noser’, although as the boss I’m only slightly annoyed by this one. But then of course, there’s the woman who always gives ‘left-handed compliments’ – she can insult you with a smile! At times I am truly in awe of her ‘gift’. And then there are our customers and vendors – we have, “The Drama Queen”, “The Jerk-ass” and there’s the overbearingly loud woman, who if she were Native American would be named, ‘One Who Shouts Constantly’ – even her e-mails are in ALL CAPS! I could go on and on. And I’m sure they all have their opinions of me – no matter how wrong they are.
The good news is that for every weirdo in any building there are at least two normal people (or people like me that think they’re normal) and of course the weirdos in every office have weirdo friends that think that they’re normal (like me) – don’t think about this too long or you’ll get a headache.
What a wonderful world we live in! A world where we can come to work and be entertained by others’ odd behavior and appearance or we can be the entertainers. Either way it makes work fun and I believe that it helps relieve stress. As the boss, I like to think of myself as a benevolent dictator – I try to allow a certain amount of foolishess in the workplace. So if we can laugh at one another and be playful without being hurtful then I’ll be the ‘biggest duck in the puddle’. Some things are off-limits and common sense should always prevail. But let’s all try to lighten-up.
Personally I’m glad that God has a sense of humor – he created me didn’t he? And if I can provide some entertainment value for my staff, customers, and vendors so be it. Just take it easy on the skinny-leg jokes! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.