A Change- Week 7

While this may be titled chapter 1, it’s far from the beginning. It’s actually no particular starting point of reason. I started a new job, in a new town where I have to use my maps to get from my house to my office, and the only people I know are my new coworkers. I have a lot riding on this job, it’s all I have for the time being to set me up in this new chapter of my life. Over the past 6 years I have had a variety of jobs in several industries. Each with their own enjoyment and challenges. But the most important things I have taken away from all of these experiences is, if you like the people you work with and there is a good management dynamic, you can look forward to going to work each day instead of dreading it. While you can learn to like your job, you typically know right off the bat if you like your manager or not. Liking your manager doesn’t mean your friends or hang out on the weekend, but they have earned your respect as a person you can count on to execute tasks needed for you to be successful. Managers care about the people they are overseeing, the physical and mental health in and out of the worksite is a top priority. As I read on “Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for 2020”, all of the employees share stories of how they know their company cares about them and establishes a work site that became their support system. People want managers that they can talk to, receive affirmation and guidance and are inclusive of all the dynamics of life that effects people’s ability to work. Companies cannot succeed with poor management. But managers are faced with the challenge of living up to all of these expectations. The greatest managers sacrifice the most and neglect the very same thing they are fighting to give their workers. They have to provide trainings, stay up on policy’s, schedule work and so much more depending on the job. They are the backbone to the company.

I one day will be the manager that makes my workplace a safe space where people feel like they matter. The wellbeing of the people around me are critical in today’s world. Balance between work and homelife is the most important thing I could stress. People can be replaced at work, but never at home.

Works Cited: Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® 2020 | Great Place to Work®

My senior year of high school I worked for a pizza shop in my small hometown. I loved it, my coworkers were awesome, and the work was fun! I wasn’t seeking a new job or looking for a change, but a new job opportunity approached me. While this opportunity blew my old job out of the water in terms of pay. But it would be a huge change in my life that I needed to reflect and think on how this would affect my future goals. When I reflected on my current job, I was working inconstant hours, lacked management support and structure and the pay was not ideal, but I loved the customers, the environment, the people I worked with and the work itself. My new job opportunity would require me to acquire training on top of high school, relocating to a new town and finding a place to live, be physically demanding and work a ton of hours giving up my last summer before college. But the town it was in I liked, the pay was amazing, and I knew it would set me up for future career success. The obvious answer was clear as day, but it was a huge change. Ultimately, I took the job, did the training and moved. To this day it was the most important decision I have ever made for my future. Before this job I had no idea what I wanted to study in college, and I gained a lifetime of skills for my future career. It was one of the best summers of my life, but it did not come without its own challenges. Beyond the skills I also gained financial security for my first year of college.

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