This job gives me everything I need: interesting, rewarding work, freedom to develop my role, opportunities to learn, constructive feedback, appreciation for a job done well, flexibility to work around personal commitments, a blind-eye when it comes to arriving on time, and a healthy pay cheque.
What I didn't expect was the following:
- Colleagues that make me laugh so hard that I cry.
- Staff that are willing and enthusiastic about learning new things and working together.
- Management that really follows through on what they say.
- Reimbursement for education costs, before the course is passed. Including registration and general tuition fees. Not just course fees.
- A boss that really motivates and respects his staff. And trusts them to do their jobs.
- Unexpected small treats, like a Christmas Ham, occasional company lunches, THREE extra paid-days off through the holidays.
- A sales manager who is happy to share promotional merchandise with whiny accountants who say "I need three hats, not one. I have a dad and two brothers!"
And finally, this one knocked my hand-knitted socks off:
- A huge holiday bonus. Even for me, who wasn't with the company during the busy time, and really doesn't deserve it.
I was so surprised, so touched, that I nearly cried. I told the manager presenting it to me that I loved coming to work every day, and that I am privileged to belong to this organization.
I almost-cried in a good way, for a change. But really, I wish I could get over this "crying at the office" thing.
I've already got it spent. I'm paying someone to paint my dining room and kitchen. I made the decision to farm out that job last night, and today I've got the money to pay for it.