We (humans) are strange animals. While we are united in our effort to excel and do better than others, we differ in the means we adopt to achieving this. This results in some unique situations where people try to make themselves out to be different from what they really are.
The above is perhaps most visible at the workplace where we carry a “public” persona, or what we would like ourselves to be seen as. In over twenty years of working with large “corporations”, I have come across many examples in the day to day life of employees where these subtle (to the doer) and shameless (to the doee) acts often create situations that are both poignant and funny and, at times, disgusting.
I have tried to create this series to purely poke fun at big corporation office life and people working there (including me), and have a
good laugh. It is not designed with any other loftier purpose like attaining Global Peace.
These could be front-line employees of the organisation. These could be supervisory and managerial staff. Or these could be people in
the so-called senior management. In most cases, we would perhaps imagine these situations to apply to our colleagues, or our bosses, who are perhaps most often the subject of our lampooning and caricaturing. Let us not forget that we may also be colleagues and bosses to others and, hence, these situations may be applicable to us just as well as anyone else.
It must be said that these situations are examples and do not represent universal truisms. There are many examples I have seen of people exhibiting these traits. At the same time, there are many other secure and self-assured people who are able to overcome petty insecurities and say exactly what they mean and intend to and create an open and transparent environment at the workplace.
It takes all sorts of people to make the world. The world is a bright and colourful place thanks to this diversity. It includes some people who may act in the manner described in these cameos. It also includes many others who may not.
Some situations are presented in this Blog.