Appraisal season

 
It’s appraisal season soon and whilst I have nothing to worry about, I do have development areas:
 
(1) Stop pretending I can’t speak English to avoid small talk.

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(2) Avoid saying “the number you have dialled has not been recognised, please check and dial again” when people who are too lazy to do their own work ask for help. I should be professional and advise them to speak to their manager if they’re struggling.

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(3) Pretending it’s against my religious beliefs to shake someone’s hand because I’m concerned about their personal hygiene. I should just sanitise afterwards.

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(4) Avoid using my food in tolerances as an excuse not eat the food some bring in to share. I should be honest and let them know their food is struggling to win the battle against E-coli.

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(5) When in the lift, avoid looking someone in the eye when they’re running for it whilst making no attempt to keep the doors open.

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(6) Be invested in the conversation when someone talks about the bland food that tantalised their subpar taste buds. Salt and pepper are seasonings to some.

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(7) When someone says I look like a random black celeb, thank them and let them know the black community thanks them for their sharp observation.

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(8) Stop tapping my watch when people want to discuss work outside of my contracted hours.

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(9) When in meetings and my manager asks if I have any questions, I avoid responding with “could this have been sent by email?”.

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