How many times have you heard this phrase? How many times have you (read here => I) said this phrase? Could there possibly be a more ridiculous statement than, "leave your personal life at the door?" I think not.
Consider what you're actually saying to your employees when you use this line of baloney:
- "Stop thinking and feeling about the most important people in your life"
- "Stop trying to balance your focus on work and the needs of your family and friends"
- "Stop being a real person, and submit to a zombie-like adherence to 'the company's goals"
But wait, it gets better. Asking employees to leave their personal life at the door also implies that as they walk into your building, a sudden metamorphosis will occur and their ability to remain human will stop. Their emotional system will shut down and they will stop caring for others (unless the company [read here => you as their supervisor] has told them to "care" for a particular customer.)
Is that the message we really want to send to our employees?
I'd love to hear from you.
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