Hello, reader! How was your weekend? I hope you’re feeling well-rested and ready for your Monday.
Today I’d like to pay homage to colleagues. In the working world we have no way of knowing what kinds of people we will end up alongside, or how much their company will influence us throughout our lives. I have been lucky enough to work with some truly brilliant people, and I hope that you have, too. Here are a few examples of co-workers we could all do with:
The Boss You’ve Accidentally Turned Into
Classic example of my first boss’ standard behaviour: I turned up to work one day with no make-up on and, as sod’s law dictates, I ran into an ex-boyfriend on my lunch break. My boss’ response was pretty straightforward: “It’s your own fault, girl. Why do you think I’m always dressed up, even when it’s just to come to this place? You’ve got to be prepared.” Wise, wise woman. I can’t claim to be as savvy (or as well-dressed) as she was, but sometimes I find myself using her turns of phrase and management tactics, which can only be a good thing. We all resist turning into our parents, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with turning into our favourite bosses.
The Friend Who Keeps You Going
One of the only things that I miss about my last full-time job is the girl I sat next to in the office. Over the weeks and months we discovered that we got on extremely well, and that we had some fairly important things in common. When the job started to go sour and I was feeling pretty down about things, it was this colleague whom I confided in, and whose support was invaluable to me. I hope that you never have a job that makes you sad, but if you do, I hope that someone in your office can make you smile. Those people are godsends.
The Cool Kid You Randomly Get On Really Well With
I recently did a stint as a front of house supervisor type thingy on a large-scale kids’ show. My second in command was absolutely brilliant, but here’s the funny thing: I remember sitting next to her in the group interview stages thinking “dear God, this girl is so cool. I bet we have nothing in common. And she’s just given a really good interview answer. Bollocks.” It’s nice to look back at that and realise that yes, she is insanely cool, but she’s also really good fun. Not judging people based on first appearances turns out to be particularly important in the working world.
The One You Keep Hold Of
One of the weirdest aspects of leaving a job is that you can go from spending all of your time with a group of people, getting to know their habits and coffee preferences, and then suddenly not see them for ages. In certain cases the friendships that you strike up with your colleagues can traverse job hopping, geographical relocation and even months of no contact. It’s strange to look back over my employment history and see how many ex-colleagues have ended up being good friends, and where our lives have taken us. Harry is a perfect example: we started out working together in a box office, and now he effectively runs my theatre company. I’m very glad I kept hold of him, and I hope that you’ve got people from your working life who’ve stuck around for your real life.
I also hope that you have an amazing Monday, and that you get to listen to your favourite music on the way to work.