The day you hear “I’m afraid I don’t have very good news, you have cancer” is a day you won’t ever forget. That was the news my husband received on June 18, 2014. We went to the hospital at 6:30 AM for what we thought was a routine procedure. In fact, I didn’t even tell my team I was going to be in late – I figured we would be in and out and at the office like any normal day.
It was not a normal day.
What could this possibly have to do with Target, you ask?
Until that day I liked working for Target. I liked the people I worked with and projects I was involved with. I liked working for a company that was well known and respected. But after 2 ½ years, I didn’t feel particularly connected in the way I had working at smaller organizations. Sure, I’d made new friends and worked on cool stuff but I always recognized that I was one 350,000+ employees…so I was “just a number” in many ways.
On that day, and in the days, weeks and months that followed, I realized that I was wrong. From the moment I shared the news with my manager through all the ups and downs to come, I experienced a level of support that was, and still is, flat out amazing. Phone calls, voice mails, emails, texts, cards, hugs, meals, flowers, snacks and most amazingly, flexibility to be with my husband when I needed to and help to get my work done when I was away from the office, this is what my Target family did for me and my family – and more.
So am I just one person in an enormous team? Yes. But I am also an individual who is valued and cared for, treated with respect and kindness, and connected to a group of amazing people that I love and appreciate more than I will ever be able to express. This is my Target and I’m pretty lucky to be a part of it.
PS February 23, 2015 was the day we heard “You can consider yourself cancer free”. Also a day we won’t ever forget. And our Target family is celebrating with us.
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