Fire Your Inner Slave Driver

Is “work guilt” keeping you from getting the most out of life?

| March / April 2003

WHEN YOU SEE a police car in your rearview mirror, lights flashing, which one of the following best describes your reaction?

  1. You flush with adrenaline, convinced you’ve done something wrong.

  2. You calmly drive on, assured that somebody else has screwed up.

  3. You start preparing an alibi about your broken speedometer.

For many of us, the first response is the most likely. We feel guilty even if we’re not. And this same emotion can haunt us at many other times. One of the most common places to feel unwarranted guilt is on the job, especially around departure time each night. The dilemma: When can you leave work without seeming like you’re in too big a hurry? Many variables are at play. Are your colleagues still around? Is the coast clear of supervisors and busybodies? When did you leave yesterday? Was the boss in a good mood?

5/21/2012 4:50:06 PM

Wow, that is me all the way. Thanks!

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