Can you believe it? My mom is retiring today, after decades of service to the public school system.
Don’t tell her employers though. They wouldn’t even front her $26 for a congratulations lunch.
When my mother told me that her retirement was on a Wednesday at noon, I instantly took the time off and let her know. She was shocked that I was so quick to answer and that I would take time to see her off!
I don’t think that says much about me. I think it says something about the way that people are treated in the workforce.
Mon-Fri, 9-5 is WORK TIME!
My mother worked her butt off to ensure kids got a good education, and her employer couldn’t even be arsed to pay for a lunch. What a shame.
We are all human, and, as such, I try my best to find time to celebrate the finer things in life and celebrate moments with family and coworkers as things happen. What does that look like?
- Sending teammates a simple happy Monday message
- Keeping a running inventory of what is important to teammates to ask them about it
- Keeping a running calendar of birthdays and important life events of family and friends
- Generally checking in on teammates as time allows
- Participating in fundraisers or events that are important to those around you
- Sending an extra note to someone when congratulations are in order