I had the most awesome experience this summer. I made the plunge and hired a college intern, and she has been awesome. She’s was incredible! I want that same experience for you and your company.
So, I want you to go to your HR department and say, “We need interns.” And definitely pay them. Paying somebody makes it more solid. Now, where are you going to get the money? It’s not a big chunk of change. You’ve got it, just go looking for it.
Some of the objections I hear are, “I’m not going to have enough for her or him to do,” and “They’re going to follow me around all the time.” It’s possible, but there are ways to work around that. And there are other objections. We’re going to work through these objections in this series.
I can’t wait to share my experience so that you too will see the benefit of having an intern. And even better, the intern has the experience of working with you!
I was delighted when at a weekend party a friend told me that she had enjoyed my recent blog, What Will Your Colleagues Say At Your Funeral?. That blog actually got a lot of feedback, and some responses were quite funny. One of the most humorous was:
“Many are coming to pay their respects. I’m coming to make sure he’s really dead.”
When I replied to those lighthearted responses, I asked, “What do you want your colleagues to say at your funeral?” But no one had a serious answer.
Here is my answer to this question: I want my work to have meaning. I want to improve the organizations where I work by empowering individuals, often one person at a time, and by helping them to be successful, regardless of their positions or titles. I want the changes that they make at work to improve their personal lives as well.
Take the exercise a bit further. At this time of fresh starts, think about what impact you want your work to have. What adjustments can you make now so that your colleagues will recognize your efforts, and maybe even tell you before your funeral?!
As we go over the river and through the wood, perhaps to visit grandmother or possibly other family members, I am reminded of a suggestion my mentor shared with me years ago: Before speaking, ask yourself, “Is what I am planning to say going to improve the situation?”
Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, may the next few weeks be filled with special times with family, good conversations, love, rest, and rejuvenation.