Last weekend I went downtown to Chicago with a friend for a tattoo appointment. (Related post to follow soon.) I was inspired to write this post from what I saw at the tattoo parlor and the vegetarian restaurant, Chicago Diner, where we went for dinner.
Imagine a World:
where people can go to any job with whatever hair color and hairstyle they want. People can show their tattoos and piercings; people can wear whatever clothing they want. They can listen to whatever music they want, and it will be “good music”, as long as they like it. People can have whatever religious beliefs that they want, any political opinions — or any other opinions — that they want, as long as they don’t force them on other people. People can comfortably eat what they want and have any body type possible — without judgement. They can comfortably have any sexual orientation that they want and be any gender that they want.
People can have any type of educational experience and past job experience, as long as they are committed to and qualified for their current job. And they are chosen based on being the best qualified, not because they are friends with the boss. And they keep their job because they did their job, not because they’re good at office politics.
People can have any hobbies that they want. They can have whatever movie and book interests. People can have any bad day that they want, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their work and with the lives of others. They can take breaks if they want, as long as their work gets done. They can eat anytime during the day and go to the bathroom anytime during the day. If there’s no work to do, they can do something pleasurable, like read, write, make a phonecall, surf the web, go for a walk, stretch, etc. If they don’t have anything to do the rest of the day, they can go home.
People can take sick days anytime when needed. They get 3 months worth of vacation time — as long as they have a full year working with the company — and they can take it during any part of the year (as long as it can be worked out fairly among the employees). They can get any health care they need, including preventative health care and natural health options. Everyone gets two bonuses at the end of the year: one for the worker, and one to be used for the worker’s charity of choice.
Bosses trust their employees. Employees respect their clients and each other. Employees feel respected as the person they actually are, not for individuals that they are pretending to be. They leave their work rejuvenated, happy to work the next day. They don’t even call their work “work” because they love what they do.