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Coming Home

Coming home from Vacation is always hard.  When Dave (our CEO) came back from his most recent vacation he shared a story about staying poolside until the very last second before the airport bus was leaving.

I just got back from spending the last week on the beaches and in the national parks of Costa Rica. It is a bit of a change to come back to the rain and everyday work life when less than a week ago I was hiking past volcanoes to swim in a waterfall with spider monkeys and giant blue butterflies overhead.

I have to say though.  For me, a week is enough vacation at a time.  When on vacation sometimes you meet those people who have been traveling for 3 months, or spend a few months of every year on vacation.  I get jealous of their lifestyle when I am also on vacation but towards the end of vacation I always start to miss home.

On the last morning, waking up at 4AM to find my way through a foreign city to a bus stop, I couldn’t stop thinking about getting back to work and normalcy. Getting back to grocery shopping and physio. Getting back to a place where I could speak the language.

I even missed work.  That is a bit taboo to say – but it is true.

I missed Wolfgang.  I missed working in the office on projects that I get to choose and working on personal development.  I even missed making collections calls (a bit).

The fact that I was able to miss work lets me know just how awesome Wolfgang is to work for.  We have an official culture statement at Wolfgang.  It is up on the front entrance to our office but no one here needs to be reminded of what it is.

Everyone Performs.
Everyone is Supportive.
Everyone is Passionate.
Everyone has Fun.

At Wolfgang we don’t need to be reminded of this, we live it every day through staff parties, events, weekly lunches out…

Getting back to work, the friends that I had traveled with complained about the stacks of work they were coming back to. Complained about the workplace conflicts and the day to day boredom that is normal life. I however, am thankful that I was able to come back to work to a minimal pile of work (thanks to supportive co-workers who helped out while I was away) and to an office culture that I genuinely enjoy being in every day. I am also thankful that I get to work for such a great company and thankful to Dave for building a company that I get to enjoy coming back to (even if it isn’t 35 degrees and sunny here every day).

Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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