I just want to ask a quick question about patience as it relates to the workplace and home.

Why is it so much more acceptable to behave badly at home when things frustrate you than it is at work? I mean things like:

  • Slamming doors
  • raising your voice
  • sulking
  • swearing

The answer seems obvious, if you do these things at work you may lose your job because carrying on that way is inappropriate – it damages work relationships, doesn’t do anything for the working environment and can damage the reputation of your organisation.

But isn’t this behaviour just as bad at home? Why should the people you live with whether they be flatmates, family or partners get a less patient or tolerant version of you than your work colleagues get?

Maybe I shouldn’t be extending the pressures and expectations of the workplace to the home. What do you think?

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