Earlier today I was in the bathroom, minding my own business. I was in the center stall, the same stall I always use.....I'm a creature of habit, what can I say?
Then, two other women came in carrying on a conversation about whatever project they are working on.
That isn't the strange part.
One entered the stall to my right and the other, the stall on my left.
Still not out of the ordinary.
Then, they proceeded to continue their conversation while GOING TO THE BATHROOM!
Don't they know that it's alright to take a break from work to accomplish that most basic of human functions?
It reminded me of a funny conversation I had Wednesday with a friend. Her company just moved their office. Formerly, her company worked out of an old, really cool house down in the historic district of Boulder. The house was cool, had great character, but no air conditioning and no room to grow the business. It also had standard house-like, private bathrooms.
When they decided to move, they relocated to a standard office building. Great lighting, great HVAC, but public bathrooms. This was her number one complaint of the new space. She felt herself awkwardly engaged in co-worker conversations at the sink. She now feels this uncomfortable necessity to make small talk while washing her hands. And she doesn't like it.
At least she hasn't been sandwiched in the middle of a cost-targeting meeting to which she wasn't invited.......yet.