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Culture Shock … or How I Learned to Pick Up a Hammer at Work
UPS volunteers

I spent a good deal of my career in darkened television studios, the dim light creating a culture of familiarity of worn jeans and open gossip. Coming to UPS has been, well, a change.

And that’s not a bad thing. I mean, yes, there are a lot more meetings and high heels in this life. Conversations stay above board and on topic. But this job gives me a sense of purpose and encourages me to think creatively about how we can help others—what we offer our customers and our communities.

UPS fosters a culture of volunteerism. We’re encouraged to spend time helping charities, packing meals, or building houses. And often we’re given the opportunity to push ourselves away from our desk and give a few hours of time to someone who needs it—especially during October, which is Global Volunteer Month.

Volunteers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center So, it’s in this way, standing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with my dirty, sweaty, smiling co-workers that I find a new culture of familiarity and worn jeans. It’s in this place, pulling an old, tattered, exceptionally filthy piece of plastic off a greenhouse and hammering a new one into place that I find camaraderie, a satisfaction from helping. And it’s nice to stand outside a studio and feel the sun on my face.

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