According to the most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, American workers often changed their employment after just 4.2 years, but one 91-year-old woman looks to blow that average out of the water as she is celebrating 71 years working for the same company.
The employee tenure saw a noticeable difference between age groups, with workers ages 25 to 34 years staying with the same company for 2.8 years, workers ages 55 to 64 stayed 10.1 years on average.
While most people her age (and younger) are retired, Elena Griffing has worked over seven times that average!
Per Yahoo News:
“On the 10th day of April 1946, I came to work — and I still can’t wait to come to work, and it’s 71 years later,” says Elena Griffing, a patient relations coordinator at the Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif.
Griffing was employed by the hospital after receiving treatment, she was in the right place at the right time.
Seventy-one years later, she still considers her employment a joyful experience and looks forward to going to work.
Here’s her story:
Griffing was diagnosed with a hemoglobin disorder at the age of 19, and landed in the hospital where she would eventually work. She stayed there for four months, recovering. One day, some lab technicians were complaining that a secretary had not come in, and that this had slowed down their ability to work. Griffing says that one of them asked her, “Are you a secretary? You should get to work.” And the rest is history.
After starting in reception, Griffing then moved into pathology, hand-delivering reports and test results long before computers arrived on the scene. Back then, Griffing explains, “Everything was done by hand.”
Now, Griffing is the hospital’s goodwill ambassador, a natural fit for her combined love of patient care and working in a medical environment. Griffing brings a smile and skip in her step to tasks as seemingly simple as reuniting patients with lost belongings, because she understands how important a smile and communicating a sense of personal investment in your work can be to others. With an attitude like that, it’s no wonder that Griffing has taken only four sick days in her 71 years on the job — and still, she says she’s “furious” that she’s even had to take those.
She said, “I don’t have time to be depressed. I refuse to be depressed. I don’t have time to be sad, because I’m having too much fun being happy. You work every day. You have to think and solve problems every day. That ol’ gray matter still works.”
On her plans to retire, she says; “I will retire when they push me out the door or carry me out in a box. End of story.”
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