Friday, February 21, 2014

Hob Knob Job: The Best Professional Advice I Ever Got

Do your job. That's what Corey Friend, one of my best friends and best co-workers I ever had told me in the summer of 2010 when we worked at Chippewa camp.

A few years later, I worked at Target for a few months when I needed some extra cash. It was an alright job. I stocked shelves, talked with customers, and occasionally worked the register. I didn't mind it, but I couldn't see myself doing it for the rest of my life.

One particular thing that my supervisors did made me confused. They always began the evening "team huddle" with the greeting "Thank you for coming to work today." I thought, "That's literally the least I could do." They did not say "thank you for doing your job," or "thank you for working hard today." They just thanked me for showing up. Evidently, a few people would just not show up to work. And they would still have jobs the next day.

As Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director, part of our job was to deal with personnel issues. There were some issues with a couple of staff members who didn't fulfill the basic requirements of their job. They were eventually let go.

It baffles me when some people just can't buckle down and do their job. I pride myself in doing just that.

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