Anyone who has ever supervised employees at work will tell you it can be gut wrenching and the cause of many sleepless nights. I know that all too well.
But today there was a ray of sunshine. . . a BIG ray of sunshine. As part of a project to promote team building and employee morale in our Division, I formed a small committee to brain storm ways to go about it. A couple of weeks back, we came up with the idea of a newsletter, among other things. Vanessa was very enthusiastic about it and wanted to take on the project. I gave her total freedom in design and content. I said, "Just do it."
She went about soliciting content from employees. We wanted it to be non-work related content. It was intended to get to know co-workers as individuals and not just the person you work with everyday.
A few people submitted pictures of their young families or things they like to do in their spare time. One person turned in a wonderful pumpkin crumble desert recipe. There was a column on "What are you thankful for?" that generated wonderful and unique responses.
I was extremely impressed with her work in both content and design. She did a fantastic job. I was also pleased to see the number of employees who responded to her call for submissions.
But wait! It gets better. I forwarded the newsletter to our HR Administrator in Pediatrics. She forwarded it on to other top ranking people in the Medical Center. I soon got a call asking if it could be passed on to others. . . ABSOLUTELY! was my answer.
Yes, today I was proud to be a supervisor and see one of my reports do such a fine job.
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