Heartbroken colleagues: the day I tell them

331-sorry_youre_leaving_balloonI am blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people, that I always know today was going to be hard. Today was the day that I set to tell my department. As a head of department and SLT member, I knew that they would take it hard. I didn’t expect tears though. They were truly gutted.

In a way I take that as the biggest compliment that I could ever have. I sat in stunned silence afterwards. I just didn’t know what to say. I am sure that they will get an excellent replacement, but in the short year that I have been here they have come to see me as their advocate, their voice, and their link to the management.

I only hope that I make just as positive an impression on my new team of colleagues.