I haven’t talked much about my job lately, because… Who cares, really?
But to sum it up, since the beginning of the pandemic (literally, what a great timing!) we’ve been building a plane while trying to make it fly (Of course, this is a metaphore, I am far from intelligent enough to work in that field for real). And for the last three months, I’ve been training a new guy in our department… So, in a way, I’m trying to pass on knowledge that I can barely handle myself.
Oh, and of course, we’re doing that over the phone and The Internets.
I would lie, if I said that I’m in a good place, right now. Work is sucking pretty much all the fun from my lockdowned life.
But… I do have a couple of collegues that make enough of a difference to keep me going. Wonderful people that always manage to make me smile, even if we haven’t seen each other in person in 11 months now. Awesome people with whom I have developped a special bond over our phone conversations and Teams’ interactions.
One of them is a woman that works in a different department, but one that I work with everyday. We’ll call her Elise, because that’s her name.
Elise is an incredibly kind person, always bubbly and high spirited. A most lovely soul. For years, I’ve kept telling her she’s the best, and she never seemed to get bored of my compliments (which is not a given, believe me… People do get used to be praised, and it kills the fun in covering them with love).
Recently, I hadn’t gotten a chance to have a real conversation with Elise, but I had noticed while transfering calls to her department, that she was not as upbeat as she used to be.
So, this afternoon, I checked for her personal extension number in the company’s directory.
Elise and I are not friends, so to speak. But I really care about her, and after a little thinking (I didn’t want to seem unprofessional) I called her. She was surprised, but seemed happy about my call.
In shorts, I told her;
I don’t want to be nosy in any way… But recently, I noticed that you weren’t as bubbly as usual, and I thought I should check on you. I’m pretty sure I am wrong thinking you’re not doing as well as you used to, but just in case, I wanted to check. I just wanted to tell you I was thinking about you…
She then told me she was alright, but her very emotional reaction to me checking on her made me think I had hit bullseye. I pretended to believe her, and went on with a short but fun chat for a couple of minutes.
I might be wrong… But I think that I might have made a difference with a couple of minutes long call.
If you have people around you that seem to be on the low-side, take the time to give them a little extra love. It is worth it. It doesn’t cost you a dime, and it can change that person’s life.
Especially in these covid-19 times.