Mary Ackenhusen | August 5th, 2015
All you need is love, or so the saying goes. And while love is often plentiful in our personal lives, we don’t always think of it in the workplace – and yet it’s often there and it’s worth celebrating. I think that’s why the “Best Work Buddy” contest currently running in the Vancouver Community of Care has struck such a positive chord. The campaign asks employees based in Vancouver to tell the VCH world about great friendships formed on the job, recognizing that the personal support of friends enhance our work environment and help us achieve our personal and professional goals.
To date, more than 55 work buddies have entered. Yes, they are vying for some fun prizes, like coffee cards and ultimately, a one-hour photo shoot, but more importantly, they are taking time to celebrate friendship in the workplace. I love that! It makes me think of all of the fun, helpful, and insanity-inducing moments that my work friends have steered me through. Frankly, there are times when my work buddies have been a better sounding board than my husband or family members because they know first-hand where I’m coming from – they are traveling with me on this roller coaster ride of health care and like me, they are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.
So what’s my point?
First, I want to acknowledge the creativity of the Vancouver campaign and thank all of the participants for sharing their stories about their best work buddies. Second, I want to open the doors for all of our non-Vancouver CoC employees who are also itching to tell us about their work peeps. This blog doesn’t count as a formal campaign, but if you want to share, I’m ready to read and celebrate! Borrowing from Vancouver, I invite you to answer the questions below and then paste your answers into a comment in the comment section below and add a selfie. Keep them coming until the end of September, at which time we’ll randomly draw three names from all the entries and award you a small gift card for a coffee date with your best work buddy. (Note: One Vancouver employees should continue to submit to the official One Vancouver BWB contest, although feel free to comment here too.)
Here’s what we need from you…
- Use the comment feature below to share.
- Tell us you and your BWB’s first and last names, job titles and work location(s).
- Click the little picture icon () to add your photo – Identify who’s who in your picture — are you on the left or right … or?
- Tell us when and how you first met.
- Share what you admire most about each other.
I look forward to reading about your best work buddy and celebrating friendship in the workplace!