Pride in Your Work
Last week, I attended an open house for employees of The Everett Clinic of our new facility in Smokey Point. I have worked at the Clinic for almost 20 years, and this is one of our biggest projects. It’s an amazing building, incorporating many exciting new ideas in streamlining and improving the patient experience through a new design. But what really impressed me was the pride that the employees displayed as they walked through this shiny new building. This feeling of pride, excitement, and enthusiasm among our staff was palpable. For me, it was this shine that moved me, more than the sparkle of this new building.
As I took the tour with other staff, I saw scores of staff and providers walking through the building. They were smiling, laughing, and they looked proud of this accomplishment. I could also see their sense of ownership. It made me feel good.
It reminded me of the feeling that our local Boeing employees feel when they see a gleaming new 787 taking off at Paine Field. As they watch this new jet take off, they take pride in their workmanship and the community of people that brought this plane into the sky. It is the same pride that auto workers feel when a newly designed car comes off the assembly line—ready to go. Teachers feel this sense of accomplishment when they attend the graduation of their students. It is a good feeling and one that is worth savoring.
I had the opportunity to express my congratulations of a job well done to both senior administrators, Mr. Cooper and Mr. Mantei at this event. Both, independently, noted that it was the concerted effort of many individuals that brought this building into being. Mr. Cooper expressed pride in creating over 100 construction jobs in Snohomish County through this building project. I had the same thought. So many of our fellow citizens have struggled with these difficult economic times, especially in the construction industry. Creating new jobs is an important bi-product of developing a new project, especially locally.
Mr. Mantei noted that the building was “on time” and “on budget”. He clearly felt good about this accomplishment.
This experience reminded me of the importance of having pride in your work and hopefully, pride in your workplace. It is these feelings which contribute to the meaning we have in our lives. It also nourishes our self-esteem.
It is also helpful to consider how inter-dependent we are on each other. Creating a product or a service requires the involvement of many individuals, often from all over the world. It is truly a collective effort.
I feel fortunate that I have a great job and work for an excellent company. I get to come to work every day and have the privilege of contributing to the health of my patients. Just as in this new Smokey Point medical center, many others play a part in this contribution. My parents, who encouraged my desire to be a psychologist played an important role, as did many teachers too.
But when I come to work today, there are a large number of co-contributors—receptionists, medical assistants, nurses, providers, computer experts, maintenance workers, business office staff, managers, administrators, and the list goes on! All of us are co-contributors to our goal—to provide excellent care to our patients.
What makes you proud of your work? What pride do you have in your workplace? Share your perspectives!