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One Person's Impact on the Workplace

Can one person truly impact a workplace? Yes. It can be good or bad. Let me give you an example of how one person made a wonderful impact on my department as well as on her own.



I’ve been on the struggle bus when it comes to dealing with a certain department at work for several months now. Something somewhere went awry at some time, and no one can figure out the what, where, or when. There’s been finger pointing, assumptions, procedural changes, and deep dives into old paperwork. Yet, the answer has remained elusive. No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn't get on the same page and find the solution.


Enter a new employee who worked here when these particular things weren’t problems. She has spent a few days investigating the situation and has already discovered part of the issue. She came over and talked to us. She looked at our documentation. She brainstormed with us. We made a plan that we believe could work. I think she’s already solved the majority of the problem simply by doing the afore-mentioned things.


This is a testament to the impact one person can have on an organization. Thanks to her, my stress level has already decreased, allowing my blood pressure a respite. I have gone from extreme irritation and disgruntlement to a team mentality again. I would go so far as to say that I had a good day at work. It was the first in quite a while.


I was to the point of wondering if I should be polishing my resume. I didn’t want to do that, though. I didn't know what needed to change, only that something did. The thought was disheartening. Then I remembered a piece of wisdom. When I was a young woman, one of my neighbors gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me. He said, “If you don’t know what to do, do nothing.”


While that doesn’t apply to every situation, it was relevant in my case. I have worked for the same company for nearly fifteen years, and the thought of going somewhere else broke my heart. I’m established with my company. I feel like my department is one big family, giving me ten brothers and two sisters. I believe the upper management appreciates me and my contribution to the organization. I know my immediate supervisor does. Therefore, I was trying to weather the storm, even though I never knew when a rogue wave was going to knock me on my rear.


I’m so grateful for our recycled employee. She took on a giant task when she accepted the role of our company Nancy Drew. She dove in, used her knowledge from her previous employment with us, and asked questions. I can hardly wait to see what she does next.


One person can make a huge difference. Could you be that one person for your company or family?


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