Every quarter we give our associates the opportunity to participate in a health challenge. Our goal is that it would carry on further than our associates. We would like to extend the invitation to you as well. Are you up for the challenge?
We can honestly say 2013 was a great year for us! That being said, we are looking forward to 2014 and can’t wait to see what all it brings. We hope your year is filled with many, many positive happenings. Here’s to 2014!
Every time I interact with someone it creates a story and like any good story there’s a hero and a villain. The question I always try to ask myself when my phone call or meeting ends is which role did I play?
I was the hero right? Of course I was… it’s my story and why would I cast myself in any other role? However, sometimes I reflect on interactions after the fact and can’t help but wonder whether I was actually the villain?
One of my kids was ill last week and I didn’t get enough sleep, the holidays were bearing down on me, and I just generally felt stressed and overwhelmed. As I came in to work that morning a co-worker paid me a compliment and instead of just saying thank you I replied with something sarcastic and obnoxious. I meant it to be funny, but as I thought about it afterwards I realized it wasn’t nice. While my comment wasn’t intentional, I’m sure my co-worker walked away thinking “what a jerk!” Life got in the way of just being nice and I became the villain.
This moment weighed on me so much that I actually found this person several hours later, apologized and thanked them for the compliment. I can’t take my obnoxious remark back and don’t think I will get anymore compliments from them, but I had to try to make it right. My suggestion to you as we go in to the holidays and a new year is to envision what role your friends and co-workers cast you in and how you will be portrayed when they re-tell the story, because it will be re-told. Life doesn’t always make it easy, but we need to try to always be a hero!
Rob Rector is a Human Resources Manager for Gables Residential. With a reputation for relentless pursuit of personal and professional goals, Rob is passionate about creating a best in class work environment through coaching and leadership development. Rob holds a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate from Georgia State University, a Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and was selected for the 2013 inaugural class of the Gables Leadership Institute.
On November 11th, we are encouraging our associates to wear jeans to work on Veteran’s Day. For a $5 contribution, our associates will be allowed to wear jeans, which their donation will go to purchasing care packages for soldiers oversees.
Our corporate offices and communities will also be writing letters to Veterans, which will be sent to local Veterans Administrations.
Our communities are also hanging the below banner letting the community know that “We Honor Our Veterans & All Who Serve.”
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