I'm probably about 70% me at work. When I started working so many years ago, it was probably more like 30%. Maybe by my last six weeks I'll top 90%. Maybe not.
Part of it is that I'm somewhat private at work. These people are my coworkers, not my friends. There's a difference in what I share.
Plus, I'm definitely squashing the fun side at work. I know this. Because work is... WORK! And if you are having fun can you really be working? There are times when people are having fun at work and I have a little struggle in my head... they're doing it, maybe I should do it, too. Especially if the boss is part of the fun. Don't want to be a stick in the mud, after all.*
I'm not sure where these messages came from but they are definitely lodged firmly in my brain.
So...the question du jour: What percentage of you are you at work? Is it right/reasonable to expect to bring 100% of you to work?
* Is a stick in the mud really not fun? What if you wiggle it or draw goofy faces with it?