“Do not check your soul at the door when you cross the threshold of your workplace. Whether you are a custodian or a CEO practice work as sacred art. Respect comes not from the work you do, but the way you do your work.” —  Mary Manin Morrissey

This month’s quote addresses the importance of a respectful and mentally healthy work environment. If the climate at your place of work is toxic in any way, change it or leave it!

When we walk out of our houses and into our office or place of work, we put on a different “hat.” We try to leave our home life at the door, but we certainly don’t leave our personality – that unique “usness” that is our soul.

How we conduct our lives at work is definitely reflective of how we live our entire lives, whether at home, on the ball field, or while doing volunteer work in the community. This is a human condition. None of us escape this dynamic no matter how hard we may try, and no matter how aware or unaware we are that this is actually going on.

Each one of us has a job to do. Each job we do is no more or less important than any other job. Every one has value, for without the job being accomplished, working on other jobs would be very difficult, if not impossible. Being mindful of those around us, and how what we do affects them, determines the environment in which we work. Being vigilant about respecting the opinions and actions of our co-workers, no matter who they may be, sets the level of civility where we work. Always taking the high road and practicing civility throughout the day, and throughout our career makes our lives more productive at work, and happier in all other aspects of our lives.