St. Patrick in the Workplace: Driving Out the Snakes

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Let’s bring St. Patrick’s Day into the workplace.  No, not the way you are thinking.  The day is not an excuse to show up at the office wearing green face paint after hitting the pub at 6am. Contrary to what some believe, St. Patrick did not invent alcohol and he wasn’t known for over-imbibing.  He is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland.  So let’s bring the spirit of St. Patrick in to the office and drive out the snakes.

Although there probably aren’t literal snakes – there are plenty of reptiles and other creatures at work you might want to drive out.

How about driving out wasting time and jerk bosses?  How about driving out too much stress for too little reward?  How about driving out working all the time instead of enjoying things that are important?  How about driving out those snacks that give co-workers bad breath?  How about getting rid of the bullies?  St. Patrick would have liked that.

How, you might ask?  Since you may not have the “special” authority that Patrick used to drive the snakes into the sea, there are other techniques that may work for you.  Simply calling out the behavior seems to be a good way to highlight boorish behavior.  In today’s feedback oriented organizations, the simple act of bringing bad things to other’s attention could work.  Maybe the offender will even appreciate it.  Prayers can sometimes work.  But above all, don’t let the snakes take over, no one wants to work with them around.

March 17 is a time to celebrate all things Irish.  It is hard to separate what is fact from folklore when it comes to good St. Patrick, but he can still be an inspiration about bravery in the face of those snakes.  The day is not a work holiday but it is an annual reminder to face the snakes.  So let’s bring a little Irish into the workplace and make it a wee bit better

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