How Work Has Changed

Yesterday was Labor Day, and I labored. But it was the kind of labor I like. I got up in the morning, drank a cup of coffee, watched 30 minutes of SportsCenter, and then drove to the office. Because it was a paid holiday, no one was there. It was glorious. Quiet. Peaceful. I spread out my work on the conference room table and immersed myself in various projects without interruption.

As I dove into this one web project, I started sending off email messages to various collaborators – our web developer, our chief medical writer, and the client, in particular. The four of us exchanged email messages for a good part of the day and made significant progress. It was a very productive day.

As I was driving home I reflected on the day. I had worked seamlessly with our web developer in Wisconsin (Sean), our chief medical writer in Maine (Roxanne), and our client in Portland, Oregon. And I was in my office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Today, that is my work life in a nutshell. Often I am the one on the road, working from hotels, airports and client facilities – reaching out to my team in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida and Maine, among other places. And, of course, we now have an office in Boston and have added that to the mix.

I love the idea of growing our business by adding exceptional professionals to our team who aren’t based in Chapel Hill. They can be anywhere. There are no limits.

In the next several years, after our daughter finishes high school, my wife and I hope to move to the location of our choice. It could be someplace coastal – or it could be in the mountains of North Carolina or Virginia. We’ve talked about a number of options. Whatever the case, it is good to know that wherever we go, as long as it has an airport and Internet access, I can continue doing my job seamlessly. From my perspective, this is progress.


2 comments on “How Work Has Changed

  1. Yes that’s for sure it’s a no brainer to go in on a paid holiday! My dilemma is just like it was when I graduated from nursing school in 1995 and a shortage did not exist and therefor, no job to be found. This time in my life, I have 20 years of experience and I have gone back to graduate school twice; one degree completed and tell other next year. I recently had to take an exam issued by a large EHR company to be eligble for hire and the exam was a complete flop! So once again I’m faced with an exam to determine my ability to be able to work for a company. It is a hard pill to swallow knowing that there is no exam that can acquire the experience a person has gained working over 20 years.
    I don’t know what my next move will be. I just know that I need to find a job soon before I am out on the street!
    These are my own opinions, not the Health Marketer.

    • Thanks Kesha. I know several people in situations similar to yours. Hang in there! I wish you well.

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