OK, contemporaries of mine, who recognizes the significance of this flower pot? It is intentionally shown upside-down, because that is part of the reference point.
This week I am the volunteer captain of the office Olympics team I am on. The event happens every fall and a special interest group organizes it. They assemble our teams so that folks from all different departments participate together. No one stepped up to the position of captain, no one offered a team name, slogan or song... so I did. My thing is not that I wanted to be in charge, but it was out of respect for the people who work hard to plan things. Our team is The DevOlympians and our song is "Working in a Coal Mine" by Devo, our slogan is "Working! Going!" If only I could have found the right flower pot at Home Depot. Instead I bought plain black plastic ones that I spray painted red.
I had a hard start in my new company, hired at a time where there was too much work, not enough training, and a job that was impossible to do. Now in a new/permanent job and department with a wonderful boss, I'm doing my best to be part of an organization that I would have been happy to walk away from. The effort is making a difference.
Lately I've been too busy to post about life and work, but that doesn't mean I don't still obsess. My new boss tells me not to worry because we can fix anything that goes wrong. My husband tells me to listen to her. But still I worry -- but I try to temper that with doing positive things. That included telling her that I'd be taking time away from my duties because I became the captain by default. She then asked me about other things I've volunteered for. There have been two other efforts. Those efforts were noted and she said she was including that as part of my performance evaluation. One of my goals was to motivate others and meet more people. Volunteering helps me meet those goals.
So, my post today is mostly to encourage people to get involved, and not be shy about what you do. I'm still keeping up with the stuff I normally do and am often too busy to post. But I've learned it doesn't hurt to toot your own horn -- and let your boss know what you're up to.