One of Daxko’s greatest perks is the month-long paid sabbatical each team member receives after seven years in the Daxko Nation. I am one of the “old-timers” who is coming up on my second sabbatical…yep, that’s 14 years with the same company. And I took my job with Daxko as Director of Marketing thinking I’d be in it for two-three years max. So what changed?
First of all, I love a challenge, and the early years were definitely challenging. I also love the feeling of winning, and after some years of clawing our way into a market, we were winning. In fact, when I took my first sabbatical in 2007, we were signing on more customers than our top three competitors combined.
As Dave likes to remind us, as we grow, it doesn’t get easier. In fact, the challenges multiply! So there are more hills to climb, and more celebrations to be had when we win—every year.
But it’s not just the challenges and winning that keep me at Daxko. There are a few other really important factors that keep me engaged.
At the top of that list? I love the people I work with, and not just the people on my team. When I run into team members in the elevator, at the coffee machine, or at family lunch, they aren’t griping about problems or workload or their team lead. They are interested in hearing what’s going on with me, my team, my work, my family, and my life. That makes a tremendous difference!
Next on my list is the opportunity. During my 14 years I have had a constant stream of new “job assignments” that allow me to expand my skills, tackle new problems, find new ways to bring value to customers. With those assignments come rewards and lots of “self satisfaction.”
Finally, there’s a vision in place that I am totally bought into. We are building a significant tech company in Birmingham that has afforded hundreds of team members to have career-defining moments. Our culture is evolving into an ever-richer environment of innovation and value creation for the customers we serve. And our portfolio of solutions is expanding to deliver meaningful impact on communities, beyond back-office efficiency and into the realm of real growth and expansion. It feels great to be a part of that.
As I prepare for my second sabbatical, it’s truly a time for reflection on where I’ve been, why it’s meaningful, and what the next years will look like for me. I am sure that a month in Italy is going to provide plenty of inspiration!
Grazie, Daxko, for making that possible. Ciao!