Back to work today and it felt good.
A week of vacation is about all I can handle. Then I start wondering how different projects are going at home. And how the office is running. You know, normal addict anxiety.
One of the things that TLC is blessed with is a staff that keeps things running smoothly. Some years ago we had a few managers that were really rough on people. They were control freaks who were always right and never, ever wrong.
They made sure everyone worked eight hours a day. Even if their jobs were done and they had nothing to do but sit at their desks, they were still required to be there.
Eventually one of them relapsed. And I'm not sure why the other one left other than he had one of his anger meltdowns, and left the company he'd invested so much time in. When I'd go on vacation when they were there I knew things would run okay - but that the staff might not be real happy.
Today we have a different set of managers. If their volunteers have their chores done they're allowed to leave. The key is to get their responsibilites done. They learn how to fulfil their responsibilities so they can go enjoy the rest of the day. Maybe go to a meeting. Or the gym. Or go home for a nap.
And the interesting thing is that even though we have 150 fewer clients, our revenue is staying the same and the program has a lot less stress. Which strengthens their recovery.