October 11th, 2017 by Mordred

  1. Smiling
  2. Nodding
  3. Agreeing with others politely
  4. Disagreeing with others politely
  5. Eating
  6. Talking
  7. Apologizing
  8. Being “positive”
  9. A bunch of other things.

I wonder why I’m still around? I don’t need to be in this kind of environment, I really don’t. I have skills, I have a resume, I can leave.

Yet I’m around. Tied down to all the things I don’t care about, just to be around one thing I care about. Or one person. And one animal I guess.

My manager told me I need to “tone down the snark” today. What kind of responses do these people expect from me? If I don’t agree with something, I point out the reasons. If I don’t care about something, I don’t care about it.

I’m not your friend. I’m not your teaaammate, I’m not your husband or your family. I’m an employee which means I do what I signed up to do. I didn’t sign up to be nice. I signed up to do what I can to help create a product. And yes, that requires collaboration. It doesn’t require ‘niceness’.

I don’t know why I care. Right now everything is going poorly, and I have nothing to lose. So why do I care?

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