Wednesday, January 12, 2011

All the Work

1. Do you (or is it appropriate to) talk about your kids/marriage/dirty laundry at work?

2. A favorite recipe

One of the things I love about my job is that it's very relationship-oriented.  Really, that's one thing that sets our gym apart from others - it's personal.  Our members form close friendships with the staff and each other.  Their time at the gym is for working out, but it's also for destressing, "girl talk," and getting things off their chest.  We often joke that it's not just a workout, but a therapy sesson, too, and for some members, our gym is the only place they get that time to talk with other women.

Because we are so close, we talk about our lives...a lot.  What it boils down to is that we're all in each other's business!  My boss and I were laughing just this week about how much we all know about each other.  With that kind of platform, I do share a lot about my life.  The members, and my coworkers, have been my cheerleaders through the ups and downs of returning to college.  A few ladies that I'm very close to have also been sounding boards and prayer partners for the situation with my parents that I'm dealing with.

That said, although we are very open, there are some things that are off limits.  I don't get too personal when it comes to my marriage - for instance, I don't walk in and tell them if I had a fight with my husband that morning.  I'm also closed when it comes to discussing church or work issues in any way.  I don't share a lot about that, just very, very general information.  As a rule, I try to stick with life in general, college, and my me, they provide many entertaining stories that keep the women at work almost rolling on the floor with laughter.

I think it really depends on where you an atmosphere like the one I work in, you're almost expected to share all your dirt.  In other places, it's totally inappropriate.  I'm really glad that work can be a sounding board for me.


Mandy said...

I stick to your general rules as well. I share stuff with ppl that I think can relate to it, but try not to get TOO personal. I do think it's great to have a close friendship with your co-workers, but until I know someone really well, they will not know if I had a fight with hubby or if my kid is having trouble in school... just me!

Anonymous said...

Yep, think it does boil down to where you work and the company culture/environment...

Julia said...

yep, totally agree! sharing too much can be dangerous sometimes.

Rachel M. said...

sounds like a really cool gym! usually they are so cold and impersonal!!!

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