I've had a doosey of a Mercury retro grade during the past two weeks. The first thing that happened wound up being good for me though. There was a fire in my 10 story office building on Sunday and I got to work remotely from home all week. During this week I was able to stay home, in the quiet solitude, while still taking care of my normal job functions, taking calls on my cellphone, and for my clients, they would not have been able to tell that there was any difference.
During this time, I enjoyed not having a managerial hawking eye watching over me and not being micro managed. I'm not sure my bossed worked much and I suspect he played a lot of tennis. Good for him. Even better he's on vacation this week. The absense of my boss, a couple of negative co-workers, and the comfort of home lifted a lot of stress and I found my relationship to work changing. Was work the office? No. Work was my book of business and my responsibilities to my clients and to be a good employee. I solved problems and did analysis that needed to be done. All of this I did without a sense of pressure or worry. Old shells left from the unhealthy, disfuctional environment of my last job finally crumbled away.
I am interested to see how this fresh perspective will interact whenever I do get back into the office. I have been at this job for over a year now. I am greatful for this environment and my ability to change my relationship to it. I am going to start looking at a few other things to see what would benefit from me changing my perspective.