Throughout a tumultuous year, my team at Paylocity has been a source of strength and optimism. As I mark my first anniversary with the company, I'm filled with immense gratitude for the incredible culture we have cultivated together.
The loss of my treasured cousin, Marisol, was a shock I'm still struggling to accept. Cancer ravaged not only one, but three of my dearest family members, while difficult illnesses and operations affected others close to me. I had to manage a lot of life changes, including moving, packing, and sending my only daughter off to college. It felt like every day brought a fresh disaster. And yet, amid the chaos, what kept me going were the small things that happened every day. The support and camaraderie from my virtual Paylocity family was one of those little things that made a big impact.
My team’s inherent understanding and compassion brought forth the essence of our team culture - we stand as one, we support, we uplift. My manager demonstrated exceptional leadership, acknowledging the importance of mental wellbeing alongside professional responsibilities. His words, "It's okay to not be okay," resonated profoundly, reinforcing that grief is not a sign of weakness but a testament to our shared human experience. Our team calls became not just professional meetings but a shelter of positivity and encouragement, an escape from the struggles I was facing. Their support was not a loud proclamation, but a subtle, constant presence that made all the difference. It's the team dynamics like these, hard to define yet so impactful, that truly illustrate the power of a supportive workplace.
As a remote Enterprise HCM Account Executive, I have experienced firsthand how a collaborative virtual environment can be an anchor during uncertain times. I’m in awe of how my team consistently shows up for each other, striving to make one another better and creating a sense of belonging that is truly unparalleled. This sense of community has had tangible results, as evidenced by Paylocity’s business growth of 38% year-over-year. It's not just a feel-good sentiment, but a powerful force that drives success.
In the face of adversity, it's important to remember that we don't have to go through it alone. Whether it's a virtual community, friends, family, or a support group, having people to turn to can help us find the strength to keep going. Even when it feels like everything is falling apart, there are still little things that can give us hope and keep us moving forward.
I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the remarkable people at Paylocity. You have been a source of inspiration and support during a year filled with struggle and revelation. Here's to many more years of working together and reaching new heights. Let's continue making an impact — in our work and in one another's lives. I'm proud of what we've accomplished as individuals, but even more so proud of what we've been able to achieve as a team.