12 Way Cool Things I Relearned About Work!

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Most employees experience pangs of frustration about work. I joke when I say I love my job 85% of the time. I love it more often than that, but I do burn out. You can very quickly begin to focus on the negative. Equipment is not always the latest and greatest. Your building and the services provided by the company are nothing like Google. But sometimes all it takes is a differing view to gain new perspective.

I gained a new perspective when I took my kids to the office this weekend. It was meant to be a short trip. I needed to grab a few things before I headed out of town for a week. They’ve never been to my work and thought it would be a fun field trip. I may have talked up the experience a bit. What resulted was a wonderful reminder of how awesome I have it.

Below are twelve awesome things I relearned about my office.

1. I get to drive by a giant tacky Jesus statue twice a day. For those not familiar with the statue along Interstate 75, Google “Bring It Jesus”.
2. I get to park under a building. We have a garage that resides under the office building. It is convenient during inclement weather, or lazy days.
3. We have magic doors that open with a wand. In this case, the wand is my badge. Again, nice to have on lazy days and I can appreciate the extra security.
4. I get to play with toys at my desk. The kids are correct, I do have toys on my desk. Although, I only play with the “Macho Man” Randy Savage doll and the Mr. Potato Head. The others are purely decoration. They brought a few of the decorations home.
5. I work with a Fairy Godmother. Yup, her name is Nancy and she’s our Executive Admin. To call her a Fairy Godmother is an understatement. The woman is a saint and the only reason things get done around our office.
6. I have a machine that prints color pictures. True, we have a color printer. Most places only have black and white printers so a color printer is a nice perk, especially when you work in marketing.
7. We have toilets that flush automatically. No added germs which is appreciated.
8. I have a window. Even a 4 and 5-year old appreciate a window view.
9. I get to write with red, blue, and black pens. I rarely use a pen anymore but why spoil the magic for the kids, right?
10. I have a lot of books with words on my desk. I should probably read through some that have gathered dust. There’s good content in there.
11. We have machines with candy and chips. Part of the incentive to come to work with me on a Sunday was a visit to the vending machine. It is good to have a back-up in case you don’t have time for lunch, which happens more than I’d like to admit.
12. I get to come here everyday. The kids thought it was awesome I get to go to work everyday. They’re right. I’m very blessed.

What started as a quick visit resulted in a reminder of all I should be grateful for. Next time I’ll have to bring them along to some of my dreaded meetings. Perhaps they can get me in the right frame of mind for those all well.

I think my daughter summarized it best when she said my work was “way cool”!


Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

You know the buzzwords; inbound, outbound, content, demand gen, lead gen, martech, social media, account-based, advocacy, customer success, sales enablement, and analytics.She studies it, plans it, executes it, experiments with it, and loves it.

Through discovery, creation, and innovation she's learned to say "Yes, And".Like business, her career is one big improvisational act.

She leads all aspects of the brand and culture, developing and executing a clearly defined, integrated marketing communications strategy.Marilyn is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve objectives of growth, awareness, customer success and making work better.

Marilyn exists to empower sales and support the customer. When not geeking out over marketing analytics, she can be found daydreaming about her unrealized dream as a professional wrestler with the WWE.

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