Seen + Heard

Seen and Heard

Things People Say Out Loud About Work in Public Places (and Probably Shouldn't)

Complaints, random musings and out-of-context quotes about the subject of work – all overheard in boardrooms, elevators, food courts, starbucks lines, bathrooms, and pretty much anywhere two people somehow (strangely) believe their conversation is private or anonymous (or worth having)

A fantastically ironic conversation between two late twenty-somethings overheard at Roti:
“She has, like, no level of professionalism to get that job. Like, not even a little.”

 

A middle-aged woman overheard describing, with an air of disgust, either a Meyers-Briggs F or a possible sex offender to a male colleague while in line for coffee at O’Hare:
“That guy is a total feeler.”

 

A thirty-something woman’s lamentation overheard, delivered without even a hint of the “I’m trying to be funny” tone, to her colleague/friend while splitting a Nicoise salad:
“This job would be great if I didn’t want to be happy.”

 

An accomplished executive overheard kicking back with a colleague in a conference room, wrapping up after a late meeting:
“I don’t mind being here late.  Uber delivers food now so it’s not like I have to cook!”

 

A middle-aged, tech-studded man on a sidewalk in the West Loop, overheard on a call to someone whom he felt the need to speak very loudly to:
“Are we maximizing shareholder value at each and every juncture? Seriously?” (Are you serious?)

 

More to come, unfortunately.
(And if you have things to share that you’ve seen or overheard, don’t keep those gems to yourself. Share with us to spread the insanity, please.)

Jodi Wellman

Jodi is a co-founder of Happy Work Spectacular Life, loves red Skittles (maybe too much) and finally got a Happy Spectacular logo tattoo.

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