Archive for August 22, 2013

Behavior patterns at workplaces

  • Aug. 22nd, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I don’t know what got me thinking about it this morning but I was remembering a boss I used to have. Whenever anyone in the immediate vicinity called off sick I knew without a doubt that my boss would call off sick the next day. I don’t think he was a hypochondriac I think he looked for any excuse to call off work. Once one person did he could then say, with reasonable assurance that someone might believe him, that he must be coming down with what the other person had. I distinctly remember once staying home with terrible menstrual cramps and having him call me the next day to say he must be coming down with whatever I had and he wouldn’t be in the office.

The subject of patterns has come up a couple of times in the last week for me. I have a knack for seeing patterns. It’s why I’m good with spreadsheets. You just start shuffling and sorting and eventually you’ll see a patter in the data. I think I also do this with people. If you pay enough attention over time you see the patterns they’re establishing. I really hope no one ever watches me as closely as I watch everyone else. I am just fascinated by people and their actions and reasoning.

Occasionally it gets me into trouble. For instance if I catch someone lying to me and notice odd behaviors when they do it, I file that away. The next time I see those behaviors I assume they’re lying to me about something. Even though maybe the behavior just means they’re uncomfortable.

I leave you with sleeping beagle pictures
2011-03-30 11.00.46

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