It's Gator's first day at his new office job, and he is surrounded by quirky personalities like the slow slug, the obedient dog, the aggressive hawk, and the chatty chicken. He is eager to fit in with his new co-workers, so he tries to be like them. But acting like everyone else doesn't work out for him, and he learns a valuable lesson about himself instead.
Featuring hand-drawn illustrations, vibrant colors, and rhymes, Animals at the Office sparks dialogue regarding first-day jitters, fitting in with new crowds, and embracing one's own special traits despite being surrounded by others who are different. Adults may relate to the featured characters based on their own experiences at an office and can use the book to talk more with children about their own job and what going to work means for them.
For the novice office worker, this book would be such a great gift! Something for them to keep within arm's reach on their desk. To have and to hold to remind themselves that they landed the job they currently possess by showing up as their best self. They didn't get hired because they admired Bob and attempted to take on his attributes; no, they got hired because they were themselves!
Stop the comparison game in its tracks! Stop trying to become someone you're not to fit in! Stop worrying about what others think of you and just be who you've always been!
You're not a cut-throat, opportunistic sort? Good! You're not a gossip? Great! You're not a "Yes, ma'am"? Good for you! Then you won't take on more than you can do! To strike the right balance at work of friendship and productivity, keep your nose in your own workflow and business and socialize on your designated breaks. Be engaged and engaging, be polite and courtesy, but don't go out of your way to make others feel comfortable by becoming more like them. You don't want to be deemed acceptable by being someone you're not! Heaven's to Betsy, No!
If you stick to yourself, and do the best job you can do, you'll be deemed intriguing based upon your own merits. You'll meet the right people by being yourself. It's only by being true to you that you're able to beat office politics and games. Be above the fray and you'll never find yourself in the middle of drama! Who needs drama anyway?
A fantastic read! Seriously, bosses should buy this book for all of their employees. Every person within an office setting will find inspiration. Children's books are not just for children! Sometimes, it's the artistic whimsy that affords us the opportunity to embrace our inner-selves and realize that we take life too seriously. We need to get to the core of who we are and not worry so much about our appearances. It's our inner-character, personality, and natural-born gifts that afford us the ability to do our best work and be our best selves.
Love and accept yourself and you'll be able to love and accept others too. Not by adopting their behaviors or views but respecting them for who they are; in turn, they'll respect you too.
Be an original and you'll never stand in anyone's shadow.
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