Today was my last day working for Staples. As I was walking down the stairway from the third floor, I thought it was appropriate that I was following a little boy dressed in a fireman’s outfit down to the first floor.
We had our annual Halloween party today at the office and I was happy to disappear off into the sunset hidden amongst all the families of Staples employees with their children for trick or treats. Our cafeteria was abuzz with over 500 registered children running around like crazy little people going from activity to activity hyped up large doses of sugar.
It was a good last day. I walked into my cube to a beautiful FTD basket of Autumn flowers and a lovely warm-hearted Good-Luck card from the woman who had been my manager twice in my career at Staples. As I move on to my new job at Bose Corporation, I’ll always remember that she hired me and was consistently my biggest fan no matter where I landed in the company. Thank you Bonnie!
I formed so many great friendships over the years. My good friend Ginny saw me off over coffee with two great gifts. A non-descript Staple Remover (pun intended) and the much sought after Stooples book along with the understood hope that she would be next to walk out the door. Hang in there Ginny. You’ll be next, but you’ve got to get that resume updated!
I went out to McDonald’s with Rich for the last time, but we promised to meet up for future trips to fast food nations since I’ll only be working across Route 9. I’ll miss my work husband.
My friends Cheryl and Dan came down for a visit to wish me luck and I playfully made sure I was still invited to their wedding. After all, I knew both of them back when he was crushing on her even though he thought she had ‘googly eyes’. I also am proud to know that I discovered their secret dating when she tried to hide their flirtatious emails between one another from everyone in the office, but inadvertently revealed their secret when I saw just how big her Sent folder was in Outlook.
It wasn’t too difficult having today be my last day. Aside from being overwhelmed with well-wishes and knowing that in a few days it will truly hit me that I’ll miss many of the people I’ve worked with over the years…I know that they are only an email away. I’m good at keeping in touch with people and I won’t let them slip past me as I move on to another company.
I thought I would be emotional when I gave my manager Laura my security badge, but really the only thing I was thinking was that I was happy to be rid of a terrible ID picture that’s haunted me for five years. I hope for my next security badge that Bose lets me do-over my photo if it doesn’t come out good. But it will feel weird to be without a security badge for a while.
It is bittersweet when you decide to leave a job-especially one that you’ve been doing for a long time. 5 years at Staples must translate into dog years somehow because it feels like I worked there longer just reflecting back over all the experiences I’ve had, the many things I’ve learned and the friendships I’ve made there. I’ve always been proud to say that I worked at Staples. I love office supplies and I got to work for the best company that sold them.
That was Easy!