How I Do Everything
I know I have already posted today so it might seem redundant to post again, given that I've been so inconsistent with my daily posting this past week. But I have some news to share.
As I was winding down for the evening, I took part in my terrible habit of continual email checking. This time, though, there was a nice surprise waiting for me.
I work for a local McDonalds restaurant alongside studying for my degree and in June I won the award for employee of the month. That was my first month having worked there. And I say won, but I mean to say I earned the award.
Upon opening up my emails this evening, there was this banner awaiting.
Employee of the Quarter
It is so important, in my eyes, to reward yourself for achieving your goals. It is just as valuable for others to reward you when you help them achieve their goals. I couldn't believe it when I opened up the email and saw that, I hadn't been expecting it at all.
Here is the difficulty of explaining this situation, though. While I say I wasn't expecting it, there was a part of me that was expecting it. Not in a vain way before anyone attempts to jump down my throat.
How can I expect to be rewarded for something and it not be an ego statement? Because I expect the very best of myself.
I give everything I do my very best effort, because how I do anything is how I do everything. If I cannot perform to an optimal standard when I am visibly seeing money rolling into my account, why would I expect to perform at that standard with no guaranteed return?
I earned the award for employee of the quarter for three reasons, and one of those was completely out of my control.
The first reason is because I have demonstrated a vast level of curiosity. Whenever a task needs to be done, I am never hesitant about attempting it and I am clear that I am willing to learn how to do it. I have positioned myself as an indispensable member of the team by developing a broader knowledge of the job than my peers.
The second reason is because I have an incredibly high work ethic. I appreciate that many of the tasks are repetitive and mundane, so I create challenges for myself to maintain a high level of work. I force myself to improve every single day by working faster, applying my initiative and using strategies to enhance my takings. I set goals and I hit them.
The third reason is because I have made friends within the system. This is the reason that was completely out of my control but was also a very important reason. Systems, especially those like McDonalds, thrive off of synergistic behaviours. I have always tried to create a positive working atmosphere and be someone that my peers look forward to working with. I can communicate with my managers on a professional level, while also being a friend and supporting their personal lives.
The Important Thing
I can appreciate that my earning employee of the quarter was not necessarily down to me. I could have performed the exact same way but the award was granted to someone else. How, then, can I take credit for the achievement?
If someone else had earned it, it would have been because they had surpassed my actions in at least one of the three previous areas. They could have studied every detail involved in running the restaurant. They could have put in more hours and accomplished more on shift. They could have become best friends with the people in charge of the selections. But, they didn't.
The important thing is that I have been myself while working for the company. I have held the view that, while not necessarily my dream job, this job provides a roof and food for my family. This job is allowing me to pursue my dreams. This job is providing the foundation for my success, and I will give it everything that I have.
I am engaged.