Why Seasons Team Members Feel Happy at Work

Seasons retirement team member and resident

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you,” marvelled Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist. Happy employees are proven to stimulate dopamine production, a vital neurotransmitter in reward-motivated behaviour. People who are happy at work are more likely to learn faster, make fewer mistakes, and make better business decisions. This helps enhance our creativity, leading to a heightened ability to solve problems, develop new ideas, and even strengthen our immune system and improve heart health.

Seasons Retirement Communities is more than just a job. The company is certified as a Great Place to Work® for the fourth consecutive year. They received resoundingly positive feedback from their staff, who expressed their ability to make a difference and align with Seasons’ purpose. Seasons believes that when their team members are happy, their residents are happy, too. In honour of the International Day of Happiness on March 20, Seasons is celebrating the significance of this year’s theme, Happiness Together, recognizing team members who spark joy in their residents, coworkers, and communities every day as this comes from the feeling of being connected to others and part of something bigger.

“Seasons is family to me, and I am proud to be part of a community that never loses sight of why we do what we do: to build strong relationships with our residents and families to ensure resident care is exceptional. Seeing a resident smile each time you walk into their Seasons home is one of the reasons I love my job.” Brenda (Senior Director, Care Services)

“I take the opportunity, through each daily interaction, to pause and connect with my colleagues and residents through a simple gesture, a word of encouragement or support, or a listening ear. All the while, being driven to add joy, purpose or understanding to their day and leaving them feeling happy, fulfilled and appreciated.” Paula (Regional Director, Resident & Guest Services)

“Talking to the residents and learning about their life experiences reaffirms to me that life boils down to a few key aspects: Treat others the way you would like to be treated, and always try to come from a place of kindness; keep family and friendships strong. These relationships make the tough days in life that we all face a little easier to get through; don’t lose your inner child! Be creative, have fun, and keep up with your hobbies. Life is all about how you choose to look at things.” Zac (Regional Manager, Asset Management)

“We have amazing team members who consistently go above and beyond to help our residents and make them smile. I’ve seen staff come and volunteer on weekends to help residents with a puzzle project, door decorating, pet therapy visits, or enjoy musical entertainment before their shift begins. They have formed such a connection with our residents and care for them as if they were their grandparents, continually putting our residents first.” Jenn, Seasons Amherstburg

“Our team members love to come to activities and encourage residents to join in. No one is afraid to get silly, sing, and dance around to attract attention and get everyone involved. Seeing the staff have fun and always come together is an amazing part of my job! I have never cried happy tears at work before Seasons. I absolutely love spending these moments with our residents.” Adelle, Seasons Dufferin Centre

“I love going to work every day. It really brings joy to my heart to see our residents having fun and how they interact with each other in the home and with the team members.” Luisa, Seasons High River

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my Grandparent’s farm. My desire to care for others came from my relationship with my Nana. I love our residents’ history; I am always encouraged by the couples in our retirement homes and their examples of caring for one another. Our seniors have so much they can teach us; we always have the opportunity to learn from them. I love seeing smiling faces and joy in our residents’ eyes.” Pamela, Seasons Lethbridge Gardens

“We have a lovely couple who are always very pleasant and would do anything for anyone. One day, they asked me to look at their wardrobe as a drawer was not opening. So I secured it, put it back together, and had her try it out. She started to cry happy tears, sharing it was her mother’s, and because of me, it worked better than ever. Getting to know our residents, hearing all their stories, and helping them reminds me of my grandparents. It makes coming to work more like going to a family reunion!” Matt, Seasons Stoney Creek

If you know someone you think would be an excellent fit for Seasons and is looking to make an impact in the life of a senior, you can encourage them to apply today by visiting our website and viewing all available job positions.

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