I see it all the time – blog posts, tweets, comments… People like to talk about Monsanto. However, I believe that people are making a critical mistake when they blog or tweet about Monsanto. I am certainly no grammar expert but it seems to me that in most instances Monsanto is referenced as a single entity and that is just not the case.
Monsanto is a community of people, not a machine-like corporation. We are over 20,000 employees worldwide (including me). We are your neighbors, friends, and relatives. What I am getting at is – we are people – we are human.
I, for instance, am all too human, trust me. I have my flaws; there is a reason why my parents didn’t name me Grace. In fact, my lack of grace is some-what infamous around my Monsanto office. Lucky for me, my coworkers expressed deep concern in my lack of coordination.
I’ll explain: I am a chatterbox, I love to talk and I can talk all day if you let me. So one day after lunch, I was merrily chatting away with Kathleen (aka Ms. Monsanto). As I often do, I let the world around me fade into obscurity as I became wrapped up in the babble. Although I cannot recall the conversation now it must have been riveting…probably recounting the most recent episode of The Office. Walking down the office hallway I was drawing closer to my office. While still trying to carry on the conversation over my shoulder, I turned sharply to enter my workspace and I slammed my left shoulder and half of my skull into the side entrance of my cubicle. I attempted to laugh the incident off and secretly hoped no one noticed although if my coworkers hadn’t seen it then they certainly heard the clang that resulted from my collision. I scurried off to a meeting in concealed embarrassment. Returning, I had all but forgotten my previous crash, only to find that my coworkers had very thoughtfully bubble wrapped the entryway of my cubicle. They’re so thoughtful and it kept everyone laughing for the rest of the day. So I kept the bubble wrap up for a couple weeks for my own safety and as a fun distraction from work (popping those delightful air-filled bubbles).
So I guess I am sharing my embarrassing story to illustrate that I’m a human, chatty and clumsy, and my coworkers are human too. Here at Monsanto we’re just normal people – and we even have a sense of humor.
Kate works on the corporate website for Monsanto in the public affairs department. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Truman State University. Kate grew up in an Air Force family and has lived in sevaral states and countries but spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Iowa. Kate enjoys art and photography as well as horseback riding.