Yesterday I was freaking out about work today. I thought that it was going to be one of the hardest days I’ve had to date as a supervisor. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what my boss expected of me. Turns out- it wasn’t so bad.
Even though I left “the ranks” and became a manager, most of my former coworkers have been really receptive to it. In part it comes from the fact that I know the job they have to do because I did it myself for nine years. Being a switchman, conductor or Yardmaster- I always took pride in my work. Most of the guys at work respect my work ethic and can see that I haven’t changed since moving to management seven months ago. But today was a day that I was meant to be seen as “the bad guy”.
Only I wasn’t. I did my job and powered through the work that needed to be done. Professionally and properly. I may be a joker at times and have a relaxed attitude but when the serious side needs to show- I outshine every time. At the end of the day, I think I did pretty good. I even learned far more than I thought possible with the help of a coworker. The psyching out and mental games were all in my mind and for naught. I was turning into my own worst enemy. I need to remember that I’m pretty good at what I do.
At the end of it all, today was a good day.