I consider myself lucky to have already been a part of a company that I’m enthusiastic about, considering I’ve barely broken into my twenties. As I say goodbye at the end of August as GWA’s admin assistant to finish up my kin degree, I figured I would mention some of the things I’ve gained from working here:
Honing my problem solving skills would probably rank at the top of this list. I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve walked into Troy’s office to hear, “I don’t know, Laura, what do you think you should do,” before I subsequently curse under my breath and turn around, somehow able to actually come up with a decent solution. I’ve been given the luxury to work through issues myself, finding each time I trust my final decision a little bit more. My work ethic has dramatically improved knowing that at the end of the day, I have work that needs to be done, and I am the one that has to do it. Groundwork has a fantastic emphasis on team environment, but I love that my admin work also permits me to see what I myself have achieved as I wrap up the day. I now look forward to the days where I’m completely swamped.
The GWA team is remarkably cohesive, and there is rarely a moment where I feel unheard. If I need a trainer to help me out, the result is immediate no matter the request. The second most used phrase I’ve heard at GWA “We are behind you 100%” and no one has ever made me doubt this. I’d even extend this to the outside trainers, all of which are incredible as well.
The influence goes beyond the workplace; I’ve shaved roughly 20 minutes off my commute by biking instead of taking the bus. I’ve gotten countless tips and support as I have started teaching my own group fitness classes.
I’d like to wish all the best to the trainers and clients that have made this job feel nothing like a job.