One thing about Presidential elections is that they highlight the differences in our country. That’s the nature of choosing one candidate over the other. It allows us to acknowledge that we may have strong opinions that differ from some of our neighbors, friends, colleagues and even family.
It also reminds us that we are one country and we’re all going through this together. No matter who you were rooting for, we all anxiously awaited the results and are now trying to interpret what they mean for our country and our community.
And as I think about what this means for our community, I think about our City team. We are One City, One Team and we have a strong need for continued unity in our organization. Team unity is vital to our success in serving our community and creating a positive work environment. Unity on a team comes when people care about their team’s goals and care about their teammates.
I know each department has specific goals and as you all recently went through the NB VOICE Performance Evaluation Program, you also established goals for yourselves. I encourage you to take your departmental goals and individual goals seriously and strive for greatness as you work towards completing those accomplishments.
I also encourage you to care about your teammates. Care about your City coworkers. Care about how they’re doing, care about if they’re struggling, care about if they need help, and care enough to celebrate their achievements with them. We all come from different backgrounds, different walks of life, and are going through different things. Whether you agree with your coworker on everything or nothing, it’s still important to care about them as a human being and as a vital part of our City team.
Unity is our path to success. We must work together, respect each other and support our teammates. Treat your teammates with compassion and appreciate what everyone brings to the table. We need to care about our goals and care about each other. Care about your team because we are One City, One Team.