Feels Good To Help Those Who Can Do Nothing In Return

 What makes me feel good?  Helping people. But especially helping people who can do nothing for me in return….  I work in a summer camp that my twin brother helped start years ago. It started with four children who had autism and is now for ages 3-22, includes all disabilities, and has by now a couple hundred campers.  Every child deserved the incredible experience of a fun summer and being special should not make any difference.  

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Feel Good Balanced Against Frustrations

I feel good when I work hard and can see myself improving in my work. I am a hair stylist and I am newly on the floor at my salon. The other stylist that I work with are quite older and have been doing hair for much longer than me. When I say quite older I mean that they are all between 22-31. A specific instance that I would like to talk about just happened over the weekend.

I had a girl in my chair that had very coarse, very thick curly hair. I am not used to working with hair like this as those clients are usually given to the upper level stylist. I did not know what products to use or how to do her hair. Luckily, I asked one of the stylist that is used to doing curly hair and she gave me exactly what products to use and how much to use of them. She told me how to blow-dry and straighten it to get the best results. It came out amazing! The other stylist (Ashley) gave me a compliment on it which is a pretty big deal as Ashley can be hard to warm up to. My client left feeling very happy and she even told me that most people cannot get her hair as straight as I did. It made me feel very good inside to help someone feel as beautiful as she did when she left the salon that day!

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Texted Me “If you value your life.”

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a threat:

I work in a retail store as a ASM . I received threatening text messages from my supervisor. One of his text states If you value your life. He is sending me text messages every day threatening to suspend me or change my shift. Today he sends me a text that says, “You want to play lets play.” Do you think I should go to HR with this? I am sick to my stomach every time I have to go to work. Quitting is not an option. I need this job.–

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Coworker’s Move to Hawaii Frustrates Cooperation

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about communication across time zones:

My coworker moved voluntarily to Hawaii which our leadership approved. Hawaii is in a time zone 6 hours behind where I live on the east coast of the United States. Her relocation was not related to a spouse having a job change but simply to escape the cold weather. We work on a very demanding project with two team–the business team based on the east coast and the IT development team from India. Because India is 10 hours ahead of eastern standard time, many of our meetings begin at 7 AM. My Hawaiian coworker doesn’t join these calls. She doesn’t have a very good understanding of the project because she doesn’t collaborate with the entire team. 

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This Special Thanks Was Personal

I work at Allstate. We have a lot of different forms of recognition built in already. You can send these points to your teammates when they help you out, do something good or create a change that benefits the whole office. Typically they are work related, something along the lines of “thank you for helping me with a difficult policy” or “thanks for always being there to answer my questions”. Recently I had received recognition and expected it to be along those same lines. I was surprised to see instead that it said “Thank you for always being open to others ideas and listening instead of assuming. You’re an excellent person and it makes you super easy to work with”. I really felt that was heart-felt and more of a compliment on my personality than just a typical “thanks for your help” email. It really made me feel like a solid piece of the team.

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Just Four Cents to Feel Good

I started out my shift by cashiering just like any other normal day at Heinen’s. This was my third job that I have had. I was a cashier and bagger. Moreover, the job was simple to understand. I was quickly approached by two men who were going to the airport to fly back to Oregon when they checked out. I knew this by starting a friendly conversation with them as I do so with every other customer. Their total came to $10.04. One of the men asked, “Do you have an extra four cents someone put beside that I could use?” He asked this so he didn’t have to carry ninety-six cents through the airport, which would be a hassle for anyone. Quickly, I dug out four cents of my own wallet because I always carry change on me. I put the four cents in the drawer and handed his receipt. He was extremely grateful that he didn’t know what to say at first. He then asked, “What’s your name?” I replied.  Afterwards he said, “When I get home I am going to send in a review of what you did here Evan.” Overall, all it took was four cents to make this guy very happy and grateful. This act of kindness made me feel really good about myself. This made me want to make someone else’s day. I hope this encourages many more to do acts of kindness to spread happiness because it truly can turn someone’s entire day around.

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Lab Mess–Everybody Does All of This Once in a While


A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about complaints about creating a mess within one’s work area:

“The entire lab has come to me to complain about you.” This was what my supervisor told me. I completely accept that I am absent-minded and may forget to keep things in their proper place. Truthfully (10 times in 10 months). But so does all my colleagues. It’s a laboratory! Sometimes people are in a hurry to finish their experiments, and it’s already really late and things are forgotten to be replaced. I have even seen the lab technicians (who apparently have gotten together to speak about me) have done things absent-mindedly. 

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Step Down and Train My Replacement! No.

I have been working for a company for 6 months and have been receiving a lot of hostility from an employee that was overlooked for my position. The previous manager before me did not recommend him for the position due to his lack of experience. Since this, that said employee has been hostile towards me and creating a toxic work environment. He also makes the office uncomfortable due to his hostility and anger towards other office personnel within the department.

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