Happy 5 Years to Integra:
A Message from Erica
A message from co-owner and founder, Erica Enstrom:
I can’t believe it’s been five years since Integra was born. It has been an exciting, fruitful, challenging, life-changing experience. I can’t say enough about being a business owner.
As my colleagues, some of you as clients, as stakeholders, as friends, as employees to Integra. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you’ve shown us over the last five years. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve grown immensely as a leader, as a parent and as a colleague, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of it.
What I’ve loved most, which has come alive in the last five years since the pandemic, is the presence of remote work. Now that this is more accepted, we are free to actively treat adults like adults, performance for the sake of performance. We can focus on quality and quantity and balance the needs of the business with the needs of the human. We can bring our whole selves to work.
I’ve really loved the autonomy of focusing on building a fantastic culture that puts people over profits. It’s been really empowering to be a business owner during this time. Erica five years ago would never have contemplated working remotely for a four-week stint, and yet here I am enjoying my son’s adventures in a way that only I can.
And so, COVID has changed us. Some of the things that have come to fruition during the last five years has allowed us to drop any pretense. Now I can confidently say “Hey, guess what guys? I hate getting dressed up. I don’t like the conferences. I’m not really an extrovert. I like wearing in yoga pants to work.” How fantastic is that?
To our employees past and present and future:
Thank you for your contributions. I’m grateful to know you, to care about you, to get to share life with you. We have some great times. We’re a growing organization, and I hope that you take lots of lessons away from your time at Integra.
To our clients and healthcare professionals:
The trust you put in us, the confidence in our abilities to deliver, the graciousness with which you deal with our mistakes, and just your candor and your feedback, this has helped us grow. We have so much appreciation for your support. We wouldn’t be where we are without you.
Happy 5th Birthday, Integra!