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Now, we take employee engagement very seriously, but once in a while, there’s a funny incident at work that is just too precious not to share with the rest of the world. In my working career, I recall a few instances that didn’t seem funny while they were happening (most likely to me), but now I look back and laugh hysterically at them.
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Here’s my own funny story.
Right Day, Wrong Dress
Me, at work in the morning.
While working as a graphic artist several years ago in the late 80s, I decided to come to work one day with a rather short dress – roughly mid-thigh length. I was in terrific shape at that time thanks to our fitness center, so I thought I looked great and besides, I sat at a desk most of the day anyway.
Me, returning to work in my maxi dress. I'll show 'em!
Just before lunchtime, my art director approached me and told me I had to go home and change my clothes because my dress was too short. I said, “Is this your idea, Roy?” He firmly said, “Are you kidding me?” So, I went home, took a nap and then changed. I came back to work in a maxi dress – which was not in style at the time and not only that, the material was a typical 1960′s “mod”, brown, black and white swirly pattern with 1-1/2 inch, black, bric-a-brac sewn on the neckline. I topped my outfit off sporting a peace symbol necklace and wore white lipstick.
When I returned to the office, everyone in my department was in an uproar with laughter and I even made it a point to go to the cafeteria on my break to display my groovy threads! Since everyone knew why I was ordered to go home, they naturally chanted “good for you, Kath!” and “Way to go! You are soooo funny!”
This story is not necessarily hilarious – unless from someone else’s perspective – but it surely demonstrates disengagement. I did what I was told to do by my supervisor. When I was at home, I certainly didn’t feel the need to rush back being embarrassed at the office like that, so I took a nap for about 20 minutes to cool off. When I was refreshed, I decided to come back with the opposite attire from what I started out in the morning. I worked the rest of the day, but all I could think of was who told Roy to send me home? Certainly not the men! There was my disengagement. The rest of the afternoon I wasn’t very enthused about my job. Fortunately however, everything went quickly back to normal the next day. My humorous retaliation wasn’t a crime. If it was indeed the company policy not to wear short dresses more than 3 inches above the kneecaps, then they were justified in calling me on the carpet for it.
As it turns out, a jealous female colleague of mine was behind the tattle-tailing. She was right about the policy. I never confronted her about it because I always liked her in the first place. I was hurt that she would try to embarrass me. When I am hurt by other’s malicious attempts to stifle me, I end up seeing their jealousy through that, and just feel sorry for them. We became very good friends later on.
I just wonder what happened to that old dress I had. Maxis are in style this season!