“Just checking in on your sanity level.”

My coworker dropped by my office. He thought I was supposed to be on vacation.

I clarified with him that today is actually my last day in the office for 2 weeks, and I leave on vacation tomorrow. He said he wasn’t expecting me in, and he dropped by to check “on my sanity level.”

Translation: is work so burdensome that you must sacrifice some of your planned vacation?

What a fantastic coworker.

It prompted me to reflect that I felt like I started to be better at my job when I began to care more about the people than the firm. My first attempts at personnel management and professional development of others was, sad to say, a bungled attempt at times. It was because I tried to follow the party line, whatever my interpretation of that was.

As soon as I started to trust my instincts about what people needed, and listened to what people wanted, I felt I was able to find those ways in which both the individual and the firm could find common ground and be healthy. (Or, in the few occurrences in which that common ground could not be found, we were able to recognize it early, call a spade a spade, and move on with no hard feelings.)

My coworker reminded me that we can all look out for each other, even if we have goals for the firm that need to be met.

 

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