Thankful job is more than just that
November 23, 2010
by Pam Schmidt
As folks gear up for the holiday season, aside from the hustle and bustle of travel, shopping and cooking, many stop to think about things for which they are thankful. I, for one, am thankful to have a job to go to every day, but what I’m really, truly thankful for is where I get to spend eight-plus hours, five days week.
Because most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, co-workers become a second family of sorts, and that is certainly the case at McNeely Pigott & Fox. In the moments between strategy sessions, writing news releases and planning events, I have met some of my dearest friends and most important people in my life right here in Suite 2800.
Earlier this year, MP&F was named a “Top Small Company Workplace” by Inc. magazine and the nonprofit Winning Workplaces. I had the pleasure of answering several of the questions they asked their awardees. One of the questions asked, “How do leaders in your organization foster a sense of community and collaboration among employees?” I’d like to share how I answered that. (Please note that there was a word limit, because I could have gone on and on on this topic.)
“It’s tricky to trace back how we have fostered our sense of community. We’ve just always been a family. We get to know each other on a deeper level than just work and business. We do the niceties like taking new people to lunch; but we also show people around town, keep a list of eye doctors, dentists and dry cleaners for people to reference. We know each others’ children’s sports teams. We know whose daughter ran for class president – and won. We know whose father recently suffered a stroke and remember to occasionally ask her how he’s doing. We know which co-workers are dog-lovers and whose left ring finger to check on Monday morning to see if this weekend was THE weekend. It’s not unusual to see children in the office. Ultimately, we know, whether in times of sorrow or celebration, our MP&F family will be right there to deliver a meal, give a hug or take over a work project.”
Although thrilled, I was not that surprised when I learned that, out of nearly 500 applicants, we were chosen as one of only 20 finalists. And thankful. Thankful to be part of the family.