July is here and for me that usually means it is peak season for baseball, concerts, and idiots. Nothing has ticked me off more recently than the propensity for people who are “settled in” to their seats to not move when people are arriving or trying to get by.
Have you been the victim of the “leg twisting” lazy person who won’t stand up for two seconds so you can get by? It takes them more time to twist and contort than it would to stand up and let you by.
It reminds me of last summer when two people were at a movie theater and had a seat on either side of them open. The theater security asked them to slide down one seat so two people could sit together, and they replied “sorry, we are already settled”. Give me a break!
How does this relate to HR? Well, it’s kind of a stretch, but I think many times there are processes at work that would be so much simpler if we just did them instead of made them more difficult for people. Returning phone calls, emails, and the like often are avoided because of not wanting to give off the impression that we are always reachable. Don’t be so hard and fast in your rules of communication; I always like to answer the phone when its someone I don’t recognize, because inevitably it ends up being a new client.
What annoying things happen at your work that are like the aisle “settlers”? Share with me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org