(Ended up using this picture for my work ID! Lol)
As I’ve dived into my new role this week, I’ve enjoyed getting back into the swing of things in a school environment. Despite not having done this type of a role before, and not having that student interaction that I’ve previously been used to, I’m still in some way impacting young people’s lives – and that inspiration is what gives me the confidence to jump into all my duties with full force. Now the only thing missing is… work friends.
Kids in this regard, have it a little easier. School starts, there are new faces in the room, you do a project together, play on the monkey bars together, sit next to each other at morning assembly and boom: you got yourself a new friend. Adults have it slightly more complicated. We may work with other colleagues, do the lunches together, and even sit next to each other at staff meetings – but friendship is a lot more guarded at our age. We don’t give just anybody that status.
Part of getting through the work day, is having those certain colleagues whom you can converse and commiserate with – those who give you that “home away from home” type feeling.But these relationships take time to build. And coming in as an administrator adds a road block as you balance the professionalism of overseeing teachers and also being their friends.
I plan on tackling this by being as authentically me, as real and genuine and human as possible. People are naturally attracted to people who are friendly, positive and authentic. You can never go wrong if you are true to yourself. So as I expose my personality to others, I hope that it will invite them to get to know me better and in turn give me a chance to get to know them!
I read an article recently quotes a psychologist named Ron Friedman in saying “that there are three ingredients necessary for friendship — physical proximity, familiarity, and similarity” — all of which come together perfectly in a work environment! As the weeks progress, I’m sure that these new relationships which seem so foreign and formal right now will begin to grow into something special. Something special at work… and maybe even outside of the workplace. 🙂