Your ideal environment

It’s after 7 p.m. and I am sitting in an empty office working. My boss is out on vacation this week, and since I’m still so new, i’m her out of office contact. It may seem counterproductive to most, but it’s the perfect way to learn on the spot. Not to mention I have a great team who helps me whenever I need it.

A few minutes ago, I took care of a small client request for my boss and copied her on the email follow up. My boss replied back and said, “You are awesome!!! Now go home and enjoy your evening!”

First and foremost, she’s right about needing to go home! I have a longer commute now that i’ve relocated to Chicago. But what I found so rewarding was that she took the time to acknowledge the fact that I helped out. She didn’t have to send that email, she’s on vacation for crying out loud! But she took the extra minute to go the extra mile, and that makes all the difference.

It’s the same with everyone I work with. Never too proud to say, “thanks for your help!” or “I don’t know how I would have handled that without your guidance!” Yes, we’re competitive. But at the end of the day, we’re also on the same team.

And that is the kind of environment I thrive in. Encouraging, positive, direct and constructive when needed, but no room for complaints and negativity.

I’ve been in Chicago for just about one month, and at my new job for even less time. Needless to say, there will be MANY ups and downs in the future. However, I know that no matter if it’s a good day or a bad day, I have a group of people who are rooting for me to succeed. And that’s something I feel so fortunate to have found.

So what’s your ideal environment? Where do you feel like it’s okay to display both your quirks and your strengths? If you haven’t found it, I urge you to keep looking. Because i’ll tell ya what… it’s worth it once you do.


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8 thoughts on “Your ideal environment

  1. When I first graduated, I was all about let’s work crazy hours and move up the corporate ladder. And, for a while I did that because my department was 2-people short and I didn’t have a manager. When we finally hired my now-boss, it didn’t take long before I realized I LOVE – more than anything – the work-life balance she provides me. It’s not the job, it’s her. Working for someone who gets it and supports you is THE most important part of your job. You could shovel shit, but if you are surrounded by people who only lift you up and make you a better person, you probably won’t care so much about the shit. 😉 Maybe that’s a stretch. But my point is – I know I could leave Buffalo, make way more money and probably have a cooler, more important title, but at what cost? For me, where I am right now, I’m in a great place. To others, it may seem like settling. (Eff those guys.) I love my co-workers, I’m given incredible personal and professional growth opportunities (even if promotions are stingy around here), and, most importantly, I’m able to pursue my other goals and dreams outside of my cubicle, like qualifying for CrossFit Regionals. I’m glad to see you’re thriving, but I never doubted you wouldn’t.


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