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The Magic of Workplace Christmas

December 20, 2013

Festivus-LogoThe circle of life for me this year has been more mourning Mufasa than celebrating Simba. In February my dad passed, and on August 1st, my best friend of over 40 years was killed. In both cases, my Kronos family was extraordinarily supportive. “You do what you have to do” was the typical direction (Work)Joyce provided. I wanted to thank her in a special way this Christmas, and I think The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead pretty much killed it. She kicked off the (Work)gift season in mid-November by “making a personal contribution to charity in lieu of giving folks individual holiday gifts.” That’s very thoughtful, and I contributed myself, but next year I want booze. (Note: Maybe this whining should be in a different post. Since I’ve used “Christmas” here, I want to be politically correct by hitting all the holiday celebrations equally, so next week you can look forward to “Festivus: The airing of grievances.”)

Kronos Christmas 2013As an organization, Kronos is very active in corporate giving, but it’s the individual efforts that create magic here. On Wednesday, before our bi-weekly meeting, Melissa, Terri, Leslie, and Tim handed me this card. In it was a note of their donation to Children of Fallen Riders, in memory of my friend, Mike. That took some thought and understanding about who I am, and what’s important to me. OK, maybe “brightened the work day” was a bit much, I appreciate the thoughtfulness. It wasn’t just a bottle. It’s often so trite when some CEO says, “it’s our people” when describing organizational success, but when people truly exhibit care for each other in a professional environment, relationships are strengthened, individuals help each other a little more, teams tighten and become more productive, and the result is individual, team, and organizational success.

It’s not magic.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2013 11:24 am

    I love this post. And I think a softie like you likes the charitable contribution just as much as the bottle.

    • Mary C. Daley (Mom) permalink
      December 20, 2013 1:06 pm


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