My old roommate used to come home from work, eat a pizza, and then call our friend down the hall. It was such a routine that one day I just pretended I was a voice in his head and said “I ate a pizza, now I’m gonna call her.” We both got a good laugh and it became a game we played called “The Voice” where we’d guess what everyone around us was thinking at the time.
The workplace, similarly, can be very predictable; however, its important that when we become predictable in the workplace, it is for good reasons. Lateness, lack of productivity, lack of customer service aren’t things we should become predictable for.
How do you become less predictable at work? Wow always, not just at the time the boss is around or when its time for a raise. Similarly, as leaders, getting stressed out when a district manager or senior management comes around can really wear on staff.
Shoot for less predictability at work.
You can still enjoy your pizza and then call her if you want, though.