5 Ways to Make a Friend at Work

first_imgDuring National Service Dog Month, we’ve invited a few of the canine contributors at Dell to share their insights with us on Direct2Dell – as told to their humans.  In our final post, we hear from Sabrina who shared with her human Lisa Mae DeMasi tips for making friends at work.I remember it vividly. That day I met my best friend.After a really long time in a dark musty container, the door to the daylight slid open and I was hysterical. All of us were yapping madly as my crate door came undone and I was led to Lisa. I was so overwhelmed with joy because I knew she was here for me, to take me home and love me.Eight years later, I’m the one who loves to take care of her. You see, an accident in one of those cars so many of us dogs like to chase, caused permanent damage to her insides. I’m here to alert her when she needs to go to the restroom and comfort her when she suffers acute intestinal pains.Ours is a special work relationship, but having a friend at the office is something everyone can benefit from. I overheard someone mention that something called LinkedIn did a study that found 46 percent of workers worldwide believe that work friends are important to their overall happiness.So with that in mind, I’d like to share with you my tips for making friends at work:1. Approach with RespectAt work I sit beneath Lisa’s desk and no one even knows I’m there. I’m quiet in her cube, but may bark when someone approaches her abruptly. The other day I barked because this nice, tall Millennial guy appeared suddenly and started talking excitedly. When working with others, it’s important to respect their space and try not to interrupt when they are busy.2. Step Away from the KeyboardLisa gets so tense doing her work sometimes in front of her computer I think she will explode. In this maddening pace of what you call “digital transformation,” I beg you to remain kind to one another. Take time to say good morning to your coworkers. Sometimes I don’t hear that enough. I hear the clack clack clack of the keyboard, “elastic data platform” and the funny word Hadoop.3. Talk About Something Other Than WorkLisa works in Services Marketing and IT in Hopkinton and likes to watch football. Sometimes when she watches a Pat’s game the announcer says, “Look there at Brady, despite the pressure, he stays ‘soft and relaxed’ in the pocket.” So when we’re at work, I like to send her vibes of “stay soft and relaxed in the pocket” and other free-your-mind nuggets of truth. Talking about non-work things with your teammates can help you find common interests that can further friendships.4. Find Time to LaughAt meetings with Lisa, I sometimes gently approach certain people because I can feel how tense they are and I place my nose to their hand. Without realizing it, they begin to pet me, continue talking to everyone, and I can feel the tension melt away in their body. They just stroke and stroke. I am medicine to them, too.I can’t be there for everyone, but laughter is also known as a great form of medicine that is free for all. So, please, laugh a little. It breaks up the intensity. Your brain will appreciate the hiccup and the tension in your body will momentarily release. Keeping the mind open frees creativity and provides learning to stick, allows for kindness with others.5. Say Thank YouSometime in my past, I may or may not have chewed on a copy of Shape Magazine with an article that talked about the health benefits of gratitude. To show Lisa I was thankful for rescuing me, I collapsed and rolled onto my back. She embraced my head and neck so hard I thought it might rip off. Oh, to be loved.You may not want to show that much emotion, but being part of a team at work means that there will be times when someone takes on the lion’s share of a project or gives you assistance with your own responsibilities. Expressing an attitude of gratitude makes you both feel better and encourages more cooperation.I’m thankful the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows me and other certified service animals to come to work at places like Dell. Lisa needs me like I needed her. Now we need each other. That’s true friendship.Sabrina is a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix that is named for her owner’s favorite movie – the original “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn. Eight years after being rescued from terrible conditions, she lives happily with her human Lisa, as well as a cat and two bunnies. She is a devoted helper, a medical assist/sensory dog, that enables her human to stay on the job at Dell EMC.last_img read more

Pardew not expecting cash hand-out

first_img The sportswear magnate this week sold a four per cent stake in his Sports Direct company just weeks after bankrolling Pardew’s January spending spree, which netted Frenchmen Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran. However, despite reaping a swift return on the club’s investment, the manager insists the model on which the club has operated since his arrival remains very much in place, and said: “No, I don’t think any of that will be coming my way.” Press Association He went on: “The windfall is earned from the success of his companies and what we have to do is get our own success here on and off the pitch, and we are working well towards that to generate our own money. That’s the brief that we have got and that’s what we will have to do.” Andy Carroll’s £35million sale to Liverpool in January 2011 gave the Magpies a sizeable kitty and they have invested wisely since to bring the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and, for a whirlwind 18 months, Demba Ba to St James’ Park. However, they freely admit they got it wrong last summer when, after finishing in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, they bought only one senior player, Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita, and saw the gamble fail when injuries and suspensions exposed a lack of squad depth. Their January shopping mission went much of the way to addressing that situation and three victories in the last four league games and progression to the last 16 in the Europa League have helped to create a fresh optimism on Tyneside. But asked if he was now where he wanted to be, Pardew replied: “We have corrected some of the mistakes we made, and no more than that at this stage. “There is still a long, long way to go in this season for all the teams, still a lot to play for. “We have the Europa League as a real bonus for us. We have managed to play well in that competition all the way through it, even with all our injuries, so that’s something we can look forward to after Swansea.” center_img Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is not expecting a slice of Mike Ashley’s £100million windfall to assist him through another summer recruitment drive.last_img read more

Karen A. Young, 67, Oxford: August 12, 1945 – July 23, 2013

first_imgPreceding her in death are her parents, sister Kaye Sabol Cross and grandson Eric Daniel Metz. Karen A. Young, 67, of Oxford, went to be with the Lord on July 19, 2013, at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield.Karen YoungMass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m.. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield. Visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Chapel. A Rosary will be held at 3 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. The Young family will receive friend from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Chapel Monday evening. A memorial has been established with Safe Homes.  Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Karen Ann Young was born on August 12, 1945 in Tacoma, Washington and adopted by George and Mary Kederick Sabol in 1948. She received her early education in Tacoma and Renton, Washington and worked as an aeronautical Draftsperson for the Boeing Company on the KS-135 program. She was united in marriage with Paul A. Young on June 11, 1966 in Wellington. The couple made their home in Oxford.Karen Worked for McGee’s Variety Store as a clerk and became editor of the Oxford Register from 1970 to 1975. She worked for Oxford Alfalfa as a secretary from 1975 to 1990 and the city of Winfield in the planning department as a draftsperson. She retired in 1990 to be a full time grandmother and travel with her husband. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed movie going and scrap booking. Over the years she was a member of the St. Mary Altar Society, Oxford Legion Auxiliary, Modern Mothers, Mothers Club and Soldanella.Survivors include her husband Paul of the home, daughter Justina Metz and husband Dan, granddaughters, Lynsey Metz, Kelsey Metz and brother-in-laws, John R. Young of Van Cleve, MS, David Young and wife Carolyn of Mulvane, KS and several nieces and nephews.last_img read more

Lincolnshire quartet lead six teams to new national final

first_img A quartet from Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire won the latest qualifying tournament for England Golf’s new Club Team Championship and led six groups into the grand final.The team of Rikki and Tony Czajkowski, Jonathan Audis and Caroline Mattock scored a total of 73 points on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire.The other five qualifying teams are: Hickleton Golf Club, Yorkshire, 71 points; Gedney Hill Golf Club, Lincolnshire, 70; Elton Furze Golf Club, Cambridgeshire, 69; Melton Mowbray Golf Club, Leicestershire, 69; and Royal Cromer Golf Club, Norfolk 69.They all go forward to the final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Friday, 14 August, where they will play off against finalists from three other qualifying events. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.The new competition invited clubs to enter teams of two men and two women with combined handicaps between 50 and 96. They play a stableford off three-quarters handicap, with the best two scores counting on each hole. The Blankney group’s handicaps ranged from 10 to 17.“It’s marvellous,” said Rikki and she and her companions were confirmed as the winning team. “We’re absolutely chuffed, we had no idea we would win and it was exciting watching the leaderboard as the scores came in.“It was a fabulous day and the course was wonderful. The fairways are beautiful and the greens are so true. It was a pleasure to play on the course,” added Rikki, who has twice been the ladies’ captain at Blankney.This was the third of four qualifying events. Two have previously been held at Stoneham, Hampshire, and Fulford, York, and the fourth will take place at Coventry Golf Club on June 28.Please click here for full scoresCaption: The Blankney team (from left) Tony Czajkowski, Caroline Mattock, Rikki Czajkowski and Jonathan Audis. 22 Jun 2015 Lincolnshire quartet lead six teams to new national final last_img read more

Former NFL Star Orlando Thomas Dead at 42

first_imgOrlando Thomas, a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings, has passed away at age 42 after a seven-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.Thomas, played his entire career wit the Vikings until 2001. He was later diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Victims diagnosed with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.  The viral Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research that swept the globe during the late summer has helped raise awareness, and according to the ALS Association, more than $115 million was raised.Thomas was a second-round draft pick out of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1995, played solely with the Vikings until 2001. The former player who stood 6’2″ and around 225 pounds most of his playing career, reportedly whittled down to a mere 70 pounds at the time of his passing.  Thomas had a noteworthy career with his team, starting 82 of 98 career games for them and intercepting 22 passes. He scored four touchdowns, two on fumbles and two on interceptions.As a result of the debilitating disease, Thomas lost his ability to speak as his ALS progressed and relied on his wife, Demetra, and blinking letters in order to communicate with others.The Vikings organization released a statement on Monday with regards to Thomas’ passing:“Orlando was an outstanding player for the Vikings for seven years, but more importantly, he represented the franchise and the state of Minnesota with the utmost dignity and class. While his outgoing personality made him a favorite among his teammates, Orlando’s involvement in the community made him a favorite outside of Winter Park.”Thomas leaves behind his wife Demetra and two young children.last_img read more