I have been working a full time job for over half of my life now, and the impact that these jobs have had on my life has varied over the years. I've been the new person, the veteran, the middle of the pack, and the leader. I've also made friendships along the way that have been maintained through many years in between each of these jobs. Certainly, technology has helped those friendships with the creation of Facebook.
While I haven't had a lot of jobs in my working tenure, I've kept the ones I've had for long periods of time. From a management perspective this is a very good track record. When you work in the same place for an extended period of time you tend to gravitate toward those people who are most like you, and those that you can relate to the most.
I've been at my current employer for over 3 years. For the first year I didn't make many "work friends". My office was in a remote location, and it wasn't really possible. Once I was brought into the inner-circle of my current office, I forged two close friendships. Both of these women are strong-willed, successful, outspoken and funny - kind of like me.
I've decided that as of this point moving forward that I will never make close friendships at work ever again. Why that's just silly you are thinking. Yeah, it probably is, but I like to think of myself as having a stony soul, but below the stone is a heart and feelings. My feelings are of sadness this week.
Those two friends are leaving. One left on Thursday, one in three weeks. Each friend has exciting and new opportunities that I am very happy about, but I can't help but feel sorry for myself, just a little bit.
My "girl gang" as we fondly call ourselves has become a party of 1 -- me. These two women are rays of sunshine in a sometimes cloudy environment, they are the cool breeze in hell, and they keep me sane enjoying coming back each day.
They both will be missed very much.