Hi, friends! Today was the first session in what will be a 6 month long leadership training series my boss recommended I take (and the company is paying for).
It’s set up as sessions spread out every few weeks, and I think I’ll enjoy it.
However, apparently I am weird because I don’t like talking about my non-work life. Like a large chunk of today’s session was about how it’s important to know what sorts of things your employees like to do outside of work to better understand them and connect with them. And I went off mute and explained that I sincerely dislike when my bosses want to know about my non-work life because it’s none of their business what I do outside of work. And I like boundaries.
Because while you may become friends with coworkers, and it’s possible I guess to be friends with your boss, none of use are there out of the goodness of our hearts and I am not required to divulge any of what I do with my time before 8am or after 5pm and certainly not on weekends.
Welp, their super important advice is that it’s important to a lot of employees for them to share things like this with their leadership because it shows that the bosses care about them as people, etc etc.
I dunno, maybe it’s in large part because I’m 37 and child-free, and I’ve gotten so many comments over the years like “wow must be nice to do nothing all weekend” or “you have so much free time!” and I’ve had bosses who wouldn’t care if someone regularly left early to pick up a kid but expected my ass to work late.