One of the things I have learned over time is that colleagues can make or break a work experience. I find that, no matter how challenging a job is, if I am a part of a team of dedicated, caring individuals, I have the strength and determination to find a way to tackle the challenge. If my colleagues are delightful to work with, if we are able to band together and support one another, no matter what is happening, then we are able to get through the stressful times together.
Recently one of our staff members suffered a terrible tragedy in her family. My colleagues reached out with compassion and empathy that made me so proud to call them my colleagues – they were truly amazing. In those moments, as we all came together in support, I realized that all the day-to-day gossip and whining that can go on in a staff room do not really matter. When someone was hurting, everyone was there.
This is a true community – and a gift to be a part of. What a privilege it is to know and understand that there is a deep level of caring here. I know that many people are not fortunate enough to experience what we do, yet it is my hope that more work environments can create safe spaces of support. When people feel safe and supported their productivity soars, as does their happiness.
Today, 120 days ’til 40, I look forward to going to work each day – to see the students and my colleagues.