I’d like to introduce this week’s guest blogger, Joelle Paban, my Executive Assistant.
There are times you may hear me saying, “I really don’t like my job,” or “I am so overwhelmed.” I do it on purpose... I do it to keep people from wanting my job, because truthfully, out of 600 Tribridge team members, I believe I have the best job in the entire company. Let me tell you why.
From time to time I get put on “special assignments,” AKA the work no one else wants to do! I am based out of Tampa and was recently asked to head out to our L.A. office to get it cleaned out, organized and ready to move to another location. I left on the red eye with another team member Tuesday night and returned Friday at 6 a.m., so it was a very quick trip.
We spent the first day assessing the situation and boxing up files. The next day we headed into the office early to begin purging files and cleaning out. I started going through the mailroom and then the supply room, and I couldn’t get over how much stuff they had. Post its, paperclips, binder clips, paper, old projection screens, old monitors – you name it, they had it.
I was only going to be there another 3 or 4 hours and didn’t have much time to give the supplies away, but they couldn’t go with us to the new space as we already were stocked up. As much as it would have been much easier to dump it all, I couldn’t do it. That wasn’t the Tribridge way. That wasn’t what Tony or any of our leaders would want. So I put a quick ad on Craig’s List. It read:
FREE School Supplies to Teacher who needs it (Downtown LA)
We are closing our office and have a ton of stuff that we can give you. Rubber bands, paperclips, binders, post its, etc. If you can use it for your classroom, please come get it! First come gets it all. Bring garbage bags to pack it.
It was important to give it to someone who could really use it. I received 100 responses in minutes. I picked this guy based on his response:
“HI - I am a teacher at a school in the valley...I can come right now! what's the address? How cool are you to support teachers! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wound up packing 10 extra-large boxes filled with everything possible a teacher could use. Tom came within the hour and we loaded up his truck. Our President, Howard Joyce, was there as well, and after hearing that we had 15 Dell monitors, he gave us the green light to give them away. Tom was close to tears. He couldn’t thank us enough and said his school had very little – that the supplies and monitors would help them immensely.
It felt so good to find a good home for the supplies and equipment. This was the Tribridge Way.
On Friday morning, I dropped my 3-year-old off at camp and brought my baby into work. I was exhausted and running on fumes, but I wanted to tell Tony about the trip before he left to go out of town. Tony just sat there and listened. He didn’t say a word (which is odd for Tony). I told him that I could have taken the easy way out and dumped the supplies. No one would have known. But that wasn’t the Tribridge Way. When I was done rambling, he just said, “I am really so happy and proud of you.”
Being a part of Tribridge has taught me so much, but most importantly to always think, “what can we do to give back, how can we do things better, how can we help others?” That’s the Tribridge Way!