A typical day at work for me is checking and making sure my center is presentable, making sure my employees are pleasant and friendly, and making sure the overall atmosphere is clean and welcoming. Being that I’m going on my 7th year with the company, working my way from teammate to center manager, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself, the real world, and professionalism. The culture of the workplace is what you make it. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs, but more ups that have then made my caterer and longevity worthwhile. It’s a game of five and take. The hardest part of my job is dealing with the high turnover rate at my particular center. Has nothing to do with me, and all the more to do with the location of the center. Out in the middle of nowhere, making the drive to get there a bit long for most people. As a manager, I do what I can to make them happy and feel welcome and making it worth their while, but sometimes that just isn’t enough depending on their financial situation. The best part of my job is seeing the relationships each employee has with one another as they become a close knit family, just as I did during my teammate years. The management is decent. Sure there things I’d like to change, but I wouldn’t be going on 7 years if it was terrible. I love my job, despite some of the things I don’t always agree with, but this is home to me. From my old team at my original location, to my team I’ve created at my new location, up to my corporate office, ive developed a whole network of family and I am truly hreatful for it all.