Balcony Person...or Basement Person? What Kind of Co-Worker Are You?


Basement people bring you down. You’ve experienced them. Complaints are often. Condescension is common. Sarcasm is frequent. They never seem to be happy. Whether it’s criticizing company protocols or maligning another co-worker behind their back, “basement people” can drain you. If you’re not careful, they can suck you into their world of negativity and pessimism.

A “balcony person” is different.

A balcony person is like a beacon

helping me to do what’s right.

They help me see the greater path

to live by faith, and not by sight.

And yet upon that balcony

a humble person never sees

their stand for what is right and true

Is not a judgement over me.

I’ve noticed a “balcony person” often has two simultaneous characteristics. They have high moral standards but they don’t use their high moral standards as a measuring stick against you. They inspire but don’t judge. They encourage but don’t condemn. They help you to look up without looking down on you. They call you to something more without making you feel less. They are not flatterers; they are affirmers. Yet, they know when you need “a kick in the butt”.

A “balcony person” will…

  • Genuinely want to know your opinion.

  • Be interested in you personally.

  • Be transparent with their own life challenges

  • Speak truth in love.

  • Encourage with both words and actions.

Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond. Proverbs 18:19 MSG

How will people in your work experience you, today?

Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond. Proverbs 18:19 MSG

How will people in your work experience you, today?

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