These guys were laughing and having a good time while cleaning this building. Colleagues, good or bad, color one’s work day.
I’ve lucked out with most of my colleagues at past jobs. At one company, when 6:00 p.m. hit my two peers in my department and I would slide open our metal desk drawers, break open the snacks, and share them while talking about difficulties encountered that day, which might be clients, co-workers, or situations. It was also the moment when our normally composed, professional selves dropped away and the craziness came out.
I fondly thought of that time as “snack and bi***.”
Our job was not rosy by any means—if we were having a snack at 6:00 p.m., you can imagine that meant we were planning to stay for a while—but working side by side and munching on a cookie while having a laugh made everything more bearable and sometimes even fun.