I think it’s safe to say that today’s workplace is very different from that of past. Although I wasn’t alive fifty years ago to experience the office environment in 1960, I’ve watched enough Mad Men to safely deduce that the way business takes place these days is completely different than what it was like in the past. Sure, there are still hierarchies in the workplace. Most of us still have a boss, a few supervisors, and a lot of peers. But in an age where your CEO might be your friend on Facebook, and your supervisor is your direct competition in the firm’s dodgeball league, it’s tough to know where to draw the line between work and play. Can they even coexist? Thankfully, our Dallas Lab Couriers have done a lot of research for this week’s blog, and they’ve complied a few rules to keep in mind when it comes to creating successful working relationships.
Stress really has a way of infiltrating into every part of our lives. Last night I had a dream that I was at the grocery store during rush hour with my two children who were acting like unruly zoo animals (this part is not exclusive to dreams, this is reality), and I found myself in the self-checkout lane with well over the maximum number of items. As I was scanning, I kept finding more and more items in my cart, to include an entire pile of loose baby carrots that had to be scanned one by one. As the line grew longer and more impatient, I kept scanning and apologizing. I woke up with my heart racing in a cold sweat. That’s stress.