10 Sep Being Part of the PRIDE team
“Being Part of the Pride Team”- Kelsey Sorensen, Recruiter, PRIDE Health Minnesota
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved sports. I begged my parents to sign me up for figure skating, then swimming, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, dance, football (Yes, I did!), hockey, lacrosse, and just about every other sport there was. I have never enjoyed conditioning or the three-a-days throughout college. I could not stand ice baths. I hated (and still do) losing. I never enjoyed uncomfortable bus rides with my teammates after I played a bad game. To this day, I don’t think there is anything worse in sports than when the last whistle blows and you know that you did not put in 110%, and because of that, the outcome was unfavorable.
However, I love being on a team. I love having a second family away from my parents and siblings. I love being in an atmosphere full of excitement and constant hard work. I love setting team goals and doing everything we can to achieve them. I love the cheering, the “good games,” and the “keep-your-head-ups.” I love looking at my teammates and knowing that they are giving all they have, not for themselves necessarily, but for the team. I love working together to achieve a goal that requires effort, endurance, patience, and hard work from every person on the team.
And I have felt that way about PRIDE Health from the minute I sat down at my desk on my first day.
Being an employee of PRIDE Health is being a teammate. Our team sets goals, celebrates each other’s victories, helps each other, encourages one another, and holds each team member accountable. I know that the success I achieve has come due to the help from every single one of my coworkers. I know that when I have a big win, my PRIDE teammates will be cheering me on, and vice-versa. I know that at the end of the day, regardless of how many wins or losses I have, my PRIDE teammates are there to pick me up, dust me off, make me laugh, and prepare me for the next day. Being a part of a team is what pushes me to work harder and be better, not necessarily for myself, but for the general good of the team. What makes PRIDE different than other company teams is that I genuinely feel my co-workers work hard for our team too. I know that the Pride team will be successful because we are a team, not competitors.
“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm