I’ve had a long career as a programmer/analyst. This is my twenty-second year (something like that because I refuse to go back and count … that would be just too depressing). I’ve seen a lot of companies, had a lot of co-workers, done a lot of different kinds of programming and analysis work. I’ve done computer-based human resource training at some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in America. I have a long career against which to compare and contrast all of these different aspects of a new job. So far, after five days, it’s just fantastic!
My co-workers are all respectful and kind to myself and one another. The internal customers have all been respectful and kind to my co-workers and me. Best of all, my new boss is amazing. I truly couldn’t ask for more or better from a new job. It’s not perfect, but no job is perfect. I didn’t expect it to be perfect, but I’m truly amazed and delighted at how great it is turning out.
Okay, so to apologize to all of my former co-workers, bosses, internal customers: There was nothing wrong with you at all. It was probably me. I think there is something to that concept. When you work at a job for a long time and things just don’t seem right, it gets to you, deep down. It takes a toll on your soul. It’s the little things that start to add up, and pretty soon you’ve found yourself unhappy, unappreciative and undervalued. Having great co-workers can help, but there’s very little you can do to fix it when you get in that situation. Everything you try always seems to fail.
Now that I’ve made the big switch over to something new and different that appeared to be a great fit when in the interview phase, it seemed the right fit of work and co-workers and manager for me. It seemed the right fit of skills and experience and attitude for the manager who was hiring. Now that I’ve started, things are going great, and I’m just very, very happy that I made the change. Maybe that’s how it should be, so I’m not going to wait for the other shoe to drop. I don’t think it will. I honestly don’t believe that this new manager of mine would allow that to happen. He’d push the shoe out of the way and run over it to make sure everything was still okay. He’s just a very, very good boss and I love that he is, and I told that to him. He just laughed, of course, but I meant it.