You may not know this, but tomorrow is “bring yourself to work day”, at least it is for me.
When I woke up this morning I decided not to wear a jacket and not to take my umbrella to work. Yesterday was so warm, and our office was so hot, that me in my shirt and vest and jacket was just not working. So today, I thought looking through the window – it’s bright you don’t need a jacket, you don’t need an umbrella – why are you carrying all of this stuff around each day that you clearly don’t need?
Then at lunchtime, from my 12th floor office window with a great view of St. Paul’s, I witnessed a thunderstorm. It poured down with rain. I had no jacket and no umbrella and what’s more, I had planned to go out that evening for a meal.
At the meal, we had some good company, food and conversation – at dishoom’s in Shoreditch. We talked about 360 degree feedback and how sometimes this can work and sometimes not. People seem more comfortable to give feedback anonymously – and we talked about Ricky Gervais in the film the invention of lying. We naturally put up barriers at work that hide who we are when we either pretend or use barriers as a defence mechanism.
And what about the rest of the day? Well despite not having a jacket or umbrella – I was fine. The storm passed, the sun came out and I made it home.
So tomorrow when I wake up, I’m not going to worry about what to take and what not to take to work. What barriers to put up or who to pretend to be. I’m just going to do my best to do my work and work to do my best because tomorrow, I’ve decided, is bring yourself to work day.