For the most part who I am at home is who I am at work...until I have to deal with people who make 5 times as much as me.
I feel like I'm an honest, true, semi Southern, a little bit Northern, fair, understanding, slightly bougie with a touch of hood type of woman. I am my environment and my upbringing and am not ashamed of who I am or where I've been.
So when dealing with folks I've worked with for six years, I do have a certain level of comfort that I take for granted and am real with them. I might take an extra long break talking to a co-worker about kids or the latest policy change or sound like a sailor when discussing issues with my boss. But I'm never disrespectful, mean, or out of control...just relaxed like I'm with family (I mean I am with them ONLY 8-10 hours a day).
But when the higher ups or visitors come through to visit the plant or to participate in training, I bring it down a little bit. I don't curse or get lax...but I stay honest and will express how I feel about any issue. For the most part I'm consistent.
And being consistent allows them to get to know me better because there are no questions and reasons to not believe what I say or what I will do. This is also good because it keeps me from having to participate in b.s. conversations and unnecessary small talk...let's get to the business and be done with it.
YCM/YCFs...are you true to yourself and your co-workers? Or do you put on a mask for your 9-5?