Still have a longing to make a difference in this workplace

Tomorrow is my last day in this office. The desk is cleared, there are a few remaining tasks to send their way up the bureaucratic food chain, and what can be delegated has been delegated. I’ve done as much as I can to help smooth a transition to a world different than this one, one where this office carries on without me. As I clear out the old, it surprises me to see the variety of people I have impacted through this seemingly narrow role. As Office Manager, the work staff has had almost a complete turnover in my time here, and my selection of these folks shifted ...

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Retirement party – unexpressed gratitude

I had never envisioned myself at my own retirement party. The thought has been just inconceivable. My typical length of time in a workplace didn’t generally produce the kind of stability that retirement requires, and the thought of “going out to pasture” has never resonated. Yet, here we are. What makes it a bit awkward is that I will still be at work for 2 days more, after the bubbles have popped and the recycle bin has been hauled away. Then, there will be leftover cake to be dispersed among the usual grad student channels and tables to be folded and put ...

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Beginning or Ending?

The word has begun to sneak out around the workplace … Debra’s retiring! The atmosphere has turned a little gloomy, as though everyone feels a heavy sharp knife hanging over exposed necks. There’s a happy face plastered on top, but the gloom oozes around the edges. This is the part I did not want to drag out. I’ve been lucky in previous work separations to hand pick my successor, but not this time. And, it feels really comfortable to leave it like that. The workplace I’m leaving is undergoing its own change process and my departure is part of that. ...

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A New Path

Maybe you’re in the same place I am:  ready to move on to the next stage in life.   Or perhaps you’re thinking about making a change.  Sometimes we have an urge to create change and then abandon the notion because we don’t want to rock the boat, or we’re concerned that someone else may be hurt.  I know how it feels to stare at change from the sidelines and to put others first.  Over the years, though, I’ve found that when it’s time, it’s time. Our challenge is to call “time” before time runs out. So, I’ve decided to retire from my day job ...

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