As of today, I have 4 days left to work until I take early retirement from my job as a wildland firefighter. I was pretty adamant that nobody needed to do anything for me. The only thing worse than a retirement party, in my opinion, is a Zoom retirement party. Awkward!
I was surprised to find an envelope in the mail from my past and former employees and my supervisor. Opening it, I found they had treated me to a hot air balloon ride! Not only is this not cheap, but they knew I would love it.
I don't know any supervisor who feels 100% confident all the time that they are doing the right thing. I've been kept awake at night many times worrying about my employees and decisions I made. Sometimes I felt like I was just muddling through, faking it until the day was over.
But if you have a group of employees who get together to give you a gift like mine did, it erases that uncertainty. I must have done something right along the way.
|Picture from 2FlyUs.com, the company I'm going with|