In times of need, co-workers go above and beyond

In times of need, co-workers go above and beyond

In times of need, co-workers go above and beyond

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by Roze Worrell

WVEC.com

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9:22 AM

Dear Readers:  

Thanks so much for continuing to share some of your positive work experiences. I have enjoyed reading all of them. You have one more week to send them to me via email at roze@rozeknows.com or posting my my Facebook page.

For those of you who may have missed my request, back in November, I asked you to share the good things you have experienced at work. Given the purpose of my advice column, it is understandable that almost everything I typically receive has to do with negative situations.

So, in honor of the holiday season, I thought it would be real nice to mix things up and hear about the good things you have experienced. The following are a couple more:

Dear Roze:

I saw a wonderful side of my boss and co-workers when one of my children fell very ill. I needed to be home with him for a considerable amount of time, and as you can imagine, my mind was not on my work. Not only did most of my co-workers make my family a lot of meals, but they also donated their paid sick days to me because they knew I didn’t have enough. Even more amazing was the way quite a few of them helped me with my accounts and the way our boss actually encouraged it. For the first time, I felt like all that management talk about our company being our other family made sense. I felt like everyone really cared.

It’s been over a year since my child’s illness and everything has gone back to the same old grind, but I will never forget what everyone did for my family and me. It was wonderful!

Work can be my other family

Dear Work can be my other family:

What a lovely story! It is so heartwarming to hear how your boss and coworkers came through for you when you needed it the most! I believe your experience proves there is a thoughtful side to most people. Thanks for sharing!

Dear Roze:

What I’d like to share happened to me over seven years ago, but I remember it vividly because it was such a nice but rare occurrence. I had decided to go to my office one weekend to catch up on paperwork, and it was after 9:00 PM when I was driving home and got a flat on I-64. I didn’t have AAA, and even though I had been shown how to change a tire on several occasions, it wasn’t something I felt comfortable doing on the shoulder of I-64. I lived alone, my boyfriend lived in another state, and the neighbor I would have felt comfortable asking to help me was out of town, so I called someone from work. The guy I called didn’t hesitate to come out with his roommate. The two of them put on my spare and I couldn’t have thanked them enough. But what I really appreciated was the way my colleague didn’t give me a hard time or complain about it the next day to others in our department. That’s what would have typically happened, or even more likely, others would have just let my call go straight to voice mail. Afterwards, I made this colleague and his roommate a big batch of cookies for their kindness and invested in a AAA membership.

Help with no grief

Dear Help with no grief:

Great story! Thanks so much for submitting it! Needless to say, it was very kind for your colleague to come to your rescue. I hope your other colleagues would have done the same thing. I also understand the significance of your colleague’s subsequent behavior. That’s what I call a real good guy!

© 2013 Rozanne R. Worrell

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