All of us are working in a small business. We each have a part to play to make that small business thrive. Everything you do, or don’t do, matters. You need to be on your best game every day.
I am going to relate two true stories to you that happened a few years ago now…but I will never forget them.
My husband inherited an assistant years ago and during crunch time to get a project done he handed her a paper with a sticky note attached that said “make 18 copies please.” She came back with 18 copies of the sticky note instead of 18 copies of the paper. We laugh about it often…but he was truly shocked at the time. She had a great attitude and willingness to learn so he felt she was worth training. She in time became a valuable employee with excellent skills and was consistently promoted within the company and always got excellent reviews.
We had an employee once that was highly educated, had put in 30 years in a career but wasn’t ready to just retire at such a relatively young age. In the interview he stated that he had just lost a job he had for less than a year and wasn’t sure why but he knew he would be able to do the job we needed him for. One of his duties was to do the invoicing which involved running credit cards.
In a few weeks the accountant asked to meet with the owner and myself (this was before I owned the company) and pointed out that though the sales were great, the funds were not for some strange reason. I was asked to look into it and it turned out that the credit cards were not actually being run. We looked great on paper but not in the bank! When I asked the employee about it he said he didn’t like to run credit cards so he simply didn’t do it. He then went on to tell me that he loved his job…just not any of the duties he was expected to do. He liked the companionship of his fellow workers and the paycheck …but didn’t actually want to do the work. Needless to say he didn’t last at our company. He was a nice person, he was fun, but if he didn’t want to do the job we could find “nice” and “fun” and still get the job done! His attitude was not geared towards excellence.
Have a great attitude, be trainable and get the job done! That way you can be called “excellent” by your employer, your fellow workers and your customers.
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