What “Target Family” Means to Me
If you ask almost any team member what they love about working at Target, whether it’s in a store, distribution center or our HQ offices, the first answer you’re likely to get is, “the team!” I’ve worked at Target for a little over a decade, and it’s always been my answer too. Sure, I also love the challenging work, scope and impact of projects, the ever-evolving landscape of retail and the ability to make an impact to so many guests. BUT… my team has become my second family. How cool is it to work at a place and feel that I get to come into work every day and partner with people who are amazingly smart, talented, challenge me daily, but also care about me and my family on such a personal level?
I wanted to share a personal story about the impact my Target team has had on me and my family. In early 2015, I had an unplanned medial emergency and needed immediate surgery. This caused me to be out of work for a few months. While my leaders and peers reached out, it was never about work or my return, but simply to check in on how my recovery was going, let me know they’re thinking of me and to send well wishes. During the second week of my recovery, a peer of mine called my husband to share that the team orchestrated weekly meal drop-offs throughout my entire recovery period. They wanted to help out, and coordinate a delivery schedule. Immediately, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and relief. My husband was still working fulltime and became the primary care-giver to not only our child, but to me as well. So a few meals a week went a very long way. My mom was over one night when a peer came by and she was astonished. I remember her saying, “Do you know how fortunate you are to have people that care so much about you at work?” I even had co-workers offer to babysit or arrange play dates to help my husband out!
We’ve done this for others on my team who’ve also experienced personal challenges, and it makes me proud to work for a company and on a team that values and cares for each individual. We work hard, accomplish amazing results, have fun and we do it together as a “work family.”
Over a year later, I’m still regularly attending physical therapy. The sentiment from my manager has always been that I must take care of myself. I appreciate the support, work-life integration and flexibility to both get my job done and make my health and family a top priority. #WeAreTarget