AAA Meeting

Workmate love

Ok, there’s workmate love and there’s workmate LOVE. Today’s AAA meeting I want to talk about just the normal kind of workmate love, as in, how good is it working with awesome workmates? I’m sure there’s a few of us who dared to venture the workmate LOVE road and got more than we bargained for. If it all worked out a bed of roses for you then full marks to you, that’s impressive. If it didn’t go well, I hear ya. Whoopsadaisy and move on, it’s just so awkward in the workplace hey? There’s a whole new blog post there, belieeeeeeve me.

It’s glorious to be back at work and having conversations that doesn’t involve rating my love for Batman. Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with my little darlings but catching up by the water cooler is all kinds of fun. It may not surprise you that I’m quite a chatterbox (who me?!) so in the last few weeks I’ve been catching up with past workmates and getting to know my lovely volunteers for the better. It’s amazing how much in common you can have with someone you wouldn’t normally come across in your everyday life.

I was so grateful yesterday, when one of my old workmates came to visit me on her lunch break and give me a quick lesson on how to. I’m sure I’ll learn the correct procedures in training but that could be weeks away yet, so if I can get by  with the basics til then, that’s a win win. Bless her! It’s so good to have a giggle with her again. When you look at your circle of friends, quite often there’s a workmate or two in the mix. Which makes perfect sense really as we spend so much time with these people. We get to know them well, which makes coming to work that little bit sweeter. Unless of course you can pinpoint characters from the of The Office in your office. That show is pure genius in nailing workmate characters. Ricky Gervais is GOLD!!

I asked my boss recently if she was the type to enjoy a beer with staff. Thank goodness she answered yes! If you can mingle with staff well on a personal level, they’re more likely  to perform at their best. If the workplace is pleasant and enjoyable to work in, then it’s the recipe success. Just look at Sir Richard Branson. I bet all his employees work hard and I guarantee they all agree it’s worth it. And if you’re happy at work, who knows what great things can be achieved as a team.

I’m looking forward to meeting more staff members, as time goes on. Once you can put a name to a face everything makes sense. Staff parties will be something to looks forward to on a different level now as believe it or not I have somewhat matured HA! I no longer feel the need to stay til the very end, dance on tables and drink all the drinks. Good grief no. Cups of tea and cake with do just nicely thanks 🙂 #jeezisoundold

IMG_5621So in honour of workmate love, let’s give a shout out to amazing workmates that help us out in time of need. Do you have a workmate that goes above and beyond and deserves a shout out? Do they make the workplace all the better for being there? Tell us their name and why in the comments and you could both pick up a prize. For you a John Hughes DVD pack – great classics to watch cosied up on the the couch on these cooler nights and your workmate could win a movie voucher. AWESOME! It’s nice to feel appreciated so why not spread the love. For competition fine print read here, otherwise dob in a mate and let’s swoon at their loveliness 🙂

Jo xx

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  • Reply Melinda July 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

    The only thing I miss about not working are the people I used to work with- so many were absolute legends. .. of course the muppets straight out of The Office evened it all out?

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      It’s funny how most workplaces have at least one muppet!! lol!! Great workmates make a workplace. Have you ever left a place and gone back? I have a few times and it’s never the same. Sometimes it can be for the better, you just have to wait and see 🙂

  • Reply Anna Brophy July 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    A real workplace? With communal biscuits and grown ups? Where I don’t have to wipe anyone’s bottom but my own? Sounds amazing!!! Enjoy. NB : Sorry; can’t enter unless a 2 & 4 yo qualify as work mates 😉

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Haha! Yes! It does sound like a deserted island this place I speak of. But you know what…your 2 and 4 year old give you the best practice to be a better version of the former you in the workplace I think. The multi skills, compassion, dedication and never give up attitude we gain as mothers, make us outstanding in the workplace I think. So enjoy those cute little workmates, won’t be long til they’re at school making they’re own little buddies too xx

  • Reply Natalie @ OurParallelConnection July 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I now work from home f=most of the time and this is one thing I miss – the company and catching up on the gossip.

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      I can understand that for sure Natalie. Even if you don’t necessarily catch up with your workmates outside of the workplace, seeing a cheery face or having a conversation other than your immediate circles, is often refreshing. Maybe that’s why the blogging community is such a fabulous one, we’re kind of workmates or peers to other. Catching up is always super fun in real life too!

  • Reply Amy @ HandbagMafia July 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I have a few standout work mates that are fabulous sounding boards, emotionally supportive and share my black sense of humour 🙂

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      YES Amy! I think it’s those that share the similar dark humour have me at hello every time. They just get you hey! And totally a great sounding board separate from family and our circle of friends. Sometimes work TOTALLY rocks for more reasons than just getting paid to be there xx

  • Reply Lauren July 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I was so grateful to a teacher friend who did yard duties for me and watched my kids when I needed (I was 36 weeks pregnant at the time mind you!) she’s the most organised person I kmow, and just basically is awesome at life!

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Oh she sounds like a keeper Lauren!! Being pregnant certainly eggs on unexpected kindness, which is comforting when we get so tired. Being organised and awesome at life – this friend of yours is kicking all the right goals. Love her!!

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths July 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I worked in the same workplace for nearly 20 years before working from home and I do miss the awesome friends I made there. I make sure I head back in there regularly though – you are right, often workplace friends are lifelong friends.

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      They really are hey Kristy! Friends so dear it hardly feels like work some days, more like a great catch up and you’re getting paid for it. haha! Just don’t let on to the boss that’s how you feel 😉 20 years in the workplace?!! Wow! I think that means they’re family doesn’t it 🙂 What wonderful memories you must have xx

  • Reply Emily July 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, how I miss this aspect of corporate life! I must say I’ve worked with some fabulously supportive people. One standout in the supportive arena was a boss who, when I was only three weeks into the role and barely knew him, totally had my back during an awful workplace confrontation. I remember apologising to him for the inconvenience of it all the next day and he very firmly told me that I had absolutely nothing to apologise for, I had his full support, and that he had reported the entire incident to HR.

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Oh wow Em! That’s very impressive indeed. Having your staff’s back is imperative. I’ve nearly always had it from co-workers and management in the workplace, the places that didn’t the staff morale was at an all time low and I just had to get out of there. The corporate world is just the same as we left it, it’s just different now you’re mind wonders to the kids! haha! Gone are the days daydreaming about what you might be cooking for dinner for just you and the mister xx

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