Some time ago I erased the LinkedIn profile which I have been having for a good amount years.
I made a new profile. New picture. New tag words.
Also a new opportunity to be selective about adding contacts.
I looked through the suggested people.
Former colleagues appeared.
It drove me back to memory lane.
The team I worked in was very close, friendly and supporting.
Instead of competing with each other, we talked about the common struggles as a teacher and the best way to tackle them.
Manager was proud to say he had the most reliable team ever.
The first shock came when the most experienced colleague decided to leave.
He would remain working for the company, but in the US.
Closely after, the newest addition to the team decided that he wasn’t challenged enough.
He left to another department.
I also decided to leave after 4 years.
Couple of months later I was shocked to read that the manager left!
2 of my favorite colleagues were let go in that upcoming year due to organizational reconstruction.
I guess some people got fed up with all these changes, because I see a lot of them perusing their career at the competitor.
It made me wonder if all those years of being a reliable employee were worth it.
The over hours.
The work in weekends and holidays.
The toleration of what asshole colleagues/managers would say to ruin my day.
The tears and sleepless nights because of constant worrying.
Those former colleagues I reconnected with on LinkedIn didn’t remember all my hard work.
They remember the fun we had during a business trip.
They remember how I reserved time to listen to their problems.
They remember how I helped them out when they were lacking time for a project.
Sometimes we get so caught up with performing, that we forget what actually will bring a smile to people when they remember you.
Personality can often times count more than constantly trying to show off.