This month, we celebrate with you a New Year and our 30th year in business.
Interpersonal issues at work can be a major cause of stress. We don’t get to choose necessarily who we work with, but we are obligated to treat others at least cordially. All of us have good and bad days and a multitude of factors affect our behaviors in ways that can have a positive or negative effect on others. These interactions affect the overall ethos of an organization.
Lack of time, knowledge, personnel, materials, or money are common stressors at work, and in life. Too few resources can be frustrating and limiting. Lack of them can impair performance and general satisfaction. This is especially true when a lack of resources is perceived as outside of one’s control.
Run and hide until the problem passes is one option, but not a good one. Let’s face it, despite our best efforts, problems do occur. The problems that occur at work fall into several business-related categories, such as too much work, too few resources, mistakes, and unanticipated events. In addition, and often more significantly for employees, interpersonal issues can cause significant stress. This blog will deal with the first category. Subsequent postings will consider the remaining categories.
The last few postings from some of our staff give you some idea of what ABS is like. Frankly, I hope their comments may inspire you to apply at ABS. We are always looking for people who want to be effective and grow with us.
The topic of this blog is less pleasant. However, it bears thinking about sooner rather than later. Let me start by saying that I not a financial advisor, nor do I claim expertise in economics; but my expectation is that winter is coming. You don’t have to take my word for it. I highly recommend that you read or view the insights of Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates.
Who hasn’t been asked about their job? It’s one of the biggest social icebreakers no matter where you are: on a date, at a reunion, at your child’s first grade chorus recital… I mean, really, it’s probably that or something about the weather. Personally, I absolutely love when someone asks me what I do, because I never get tired of talking about it. I know that there are a lot of people that keep work at work, but I almost always associate my job with so many positive, exciting, and interesting aspects of my life (I say almost always because, come on, we all have had one of those days, am I right?). Many of my friends and relatives have those careers where they are happy to come home and get away from the stress of their projects, the coworkers they can’t stand, or, even worse, their hard-to-please boss; regretting having to get up again Monday morning to bear the brunt of all the previous for another long five days.
They say that variety is the spice of life and my job is spicy. I enjoy spicy food and I love my job. You know that awkward lingering question that comes out fast when you meet new people; “So, what do you do?” I think I have answered that over 1,000 different ways over the 7 years I have worked at ABS, doing so with a big smile as I explain my role as Biospecimen Operations Manager. I don’t just show up to work. I come to work to get important, productive responsibilities accomplished. I am a curious person which is why I chose biotechnology as my major in college. I like to ask questions and enjoy a challenge. I am fortunate that my position fits me perfectly. I could list my job description and responsibilities to give an idea of what I do. But that is not how I describe what I do. I get to accomplish so many different assignments.
I have worked for ABS for about 23 years. During this time, I have seen many changes, mostly good. What would make someone want to stay at the same company for almost a quarter of a century? Some may think it’s just stagnation or comfort, but its nothing like that at all. ABS and I have grown in many ways over that time period.