17 October 2013

Job benefits: your colleagues!

If you were to look at my track record of colleagues that I've had in the past, then it must be concluded that I've been very blessed. When you sign a contract with your employer, you sign to do a job in exchange for a paycheck. The contract doesn't include the benefits of having good or great colleagues, which is strange, because this is a pretty important deal breaker. Well, at least for me it is.

Wherever I have worked, I have always managed to get along well with my colleagues. This might be a surprise to some of you, because I can be very picky when it comes to people ;-P I think it's because I've always had jobs that I really loved. It is no secret that I'm kind of a workaholic and I want to do the tasks that are assigned to me well. To be able to do this, I need to work together with my colleagues. There is no place for 'mean Bao-Nhi', because I need my colleagues and they need me.

I know that I'm describing an ideal work situation, because there are plenty of examples of colleagues who cannot work together.  Truth of the matter is that I don't get along with every colleague as well as the other, but since it is work, I do my best to endure the ones who I'm less connected with.

The reason for this post is that I've been thinking about my current colleagues a lot lately. I work at a new high school in my hometown. A lot of hard work is needed when it comes to building a new school and let it set its ground in the community. Being a teacher is very time consuming and the workload is even higher when you try to establish a good new school.

All the hard work is worth it in the end, because teachers are dedicated kind of species. They don't work for the monthly paycheck (trust me, they really don't!), but they do it for the love of the job and their target group.

We have had a pretty hectic start of the school year, but with the perseverance and hard work of my colleagues, we have managed to survive the storm and things are starting to calm down. I'm proud to have these colleagues and feel blessed that I get to work alongside with them.

We're all willing to work hard and do the best that we can for our students. This devotion and dedication for our job connects us. Or it could be that they're just as crazy as I am, I don't know. All I know is that I'm lucky to work at this great school with amazing students and incredible colleagues!

Lots of love,
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