When the big man with the spiky hair leaves to travel on business, it’s in my paws to run the office at Your Marketing Co. It took a while to get used to the different personalities, but I think I’ve got them figured out.
In my few months here, I’ve learned a few things about employee morale. At first I thought my humans were dim-witted, but I’ve come to learn that they are smarter and more complex than I initially believed.
Here’s what I have learned:
Always share. “Sharing” is a human word that I’ve recently learned. Whether it’s ideas, toys or food, sharing is a way to bond with coworkers. My humans always provide their pens, keys and dangling headphones for me to play with. I don’t think they’ve realized that everything belongs to me, but I’m willing to share.
The humans also provide food for one another during their Friday team lunches. After all the talk about sharing, for some reason they don’t want me to take part.
There’s room for play. I love playtime! Although the humans say that I play too much, they aren’t all quiet either. They laugh and joke with each other, so I don’t see why I can’t have fun, too. It seems to put them in a good mood, and when they’re in a good mood, they get more work done! Some of them take quick breaks to talk to me or play with me. They’re kind of weird, but I’m happy to indulge.
Don’t bite. Apparently, I’m cutest when I’m not biting the humans or “drawing blood.” It’s hard to stop because hands are so fun to play with! But I’m starting to learn that not everyone likes to play rough. I’ve given into the affection and pets they want to give me. I guess these tall food-providers like a “nice” cat. I don’t get it. I’m cute. Isn’t that enough?
Get out and roam. There was a time when I was stuck in that box with bars all night. It was so cramped and boring. Now the humans let me roam free and it’s the best feeling in the world!
I see most of them leave around the middle of the day. They always come back with smiles and sometimes return with food for me (those are my favorite humans). Some even walk around the office and inspect everything like I do. Copycats.
Relax. I don’t like to rest often – I’ve got a business to run here. But I like to sit and lay on their desks when it’s time for a break. Sometimes they like to pet me while I nap in the midst of their workflow. They seem relaxed, so I’m glad to be of help.
Not only have I learned things from the food-hoggers, but after some observation I can see that I’ve taught them some things. They seem to bond over my attitude, wit and cuteness. I’m glad that I can bestow joy upon them. I could go on and on about how strange these giant hairless scratching posts are, but the human transcribing this for me is objecting.
The happier and closer humans are, the easier it is for them to work and communicate efficiently. With calm minds and full stomachs, humans are satisfied with their day. Bad morale can ruin someone’s day, which will cause someone else’s day to go awry, and so forth. Bad morale can also affect those outside of the team, which tends to give humans a bad reputation in the eyes of others.
Luckily, I’m here to keep everyone engaged and in line. I’m not a miracle worker, but I’ve done a great job at making sure my humans smile and are less stressed.
Gumbo is the Your Marketing Co. office cat and an important member to the team. He wanders the office and keeps everyone on their toes.