How is my job making a difference in the life of my colleagues?
Speaking from my experience so far, I would say it’s all about the small gestures. For example, taking the time to listen to a colleague’s car accident story even if I’m in the middle of an important project, or ordering gluten-free beer for a colleague that requires it. It’s the candies I leave on the doorstep of an employee during the covid pandemic or buying breakfast for someone who couldn’t eat because of an emergency. All the little things that don’t require a lot of time or energy, but which never fail to put a smile on my colleagues’ faces.
For this, you need to be alert, listen to everyone’s needs, be available and know how to avoid tensions, whether personal or professional. It allows you to constantly assess what is already in place and try to improve it. I can personally vouch for the impact this has had on our team spirit.
Speaking of, I can’t tell you how big of a challenge it was to keep spirits up during lockdown and bring happiness through screens. Finding a way to keep in touch with each other was a real head-scratcher. I had to use a good dose of creativity, which is an essential part of my job.
I would like to conclude by telling you this: never hesitate to make any small gestures, no matter how simple. It will surely light a spark that will make all the difference in your coworkers’ day.
Yours truly, The happiest C.H.O. on earth