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BY: ELSEE, D.H.C.
Pride in the Workplace Refl ects Pride in Self
Once again, I am here to delve into another topic for this week’s column. On a recent trip to Arizona, I was given a beautiful t-shirt made by a company whose inside label read “Life is Good.” On the out- side, it had another a label, which read: “Do what you like, Like what you do!” When I read both tags, I began to meditate on how simple, yet meaningful these two sayings are. I have decided to use these two mottos in my article and focus on the pride that we should or must have in each of our workplaces.
When I thought about all the places I go to on
a daily or weekly basis, I began to recall all the people I had encountered at each location. For example, the friendly checker at the grocery store that pleasantly asked me if I had found everything okay. I remembered her nice smile and her cordial personality. Next, I thought of the woman at the bank who so graciously helped with my transaction and how she made sure she had completed it to my satisfaction. Then there are all the folks of all ages who take pride in their job as they wait on us at the local coffee shops or restaurants we patronize. They take pride in coming around every few minutes and inquir- ing if everything is okay with the meal, or if we need a refi ll on our beverages. How can I forget the mail car- rier that delivers my mail on a daily basis, rain or shine? Whether it’s pouring rain or hot and humid, there he is with his friendly greeting as he hands me my mail. Every Wednesday, I HEAR the sanitary workers who pick up my trash whistling their hearts away as they do one of the dirtiest jobs around. Thursday is my gardener’s day to do my lawns. What a dedicated man he is as he mows, pulls weeds, sweeps and then asks with such concern if everything looks okay. Before leaving he always says, “Have a good week and see you next Thursday!” I think of my sisters in their line of employment. My sis who works her tail off as she hustles to help her clients buy and sell their homes and fi nd them new ones. IN this economy, she works long hours and takes so much pride in her real estate sales. Then my other sis, who stands on her feet the entire time she is at work as she carefully cuts, dyes, styles and combs out each of her client’s hair. Her daily obligation is to ensure that each of them walks out looking like a million bucks and they do, including myself. On a personal level, being an observer on many
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occasions, I see the look of commitment on each of my colleagues’ faces as they enter their classroom ready to teach with such conviction. Every one of them starts off the day with a “Good Morning” greeting and ends the day with a “Have a great evening!”
So why do I bring up all these different people and
their jobs? Just think about how different our lives would be if we had to come across an employee in a business who did not have those kind words or friendly smiles as they serve us in whatever way they can. We would not be treated with the respect and dignity that each of us is entitled to. To me, this all refl ects the pride that one has in each and every job that we are trained to do. I believe that it shouldn’t matter if you work in a fast food location and fl ip hamburgers or if you are a professional of some sort, it is all in the attitude that is revealed as we venture out to our place of employment on a daily basis. What DOES matter is the PRIDE that we communicate to oth- ers as we perform those jobs to the best of our abilities. I also believe that if we show Pride in our workplace, we certainly are demonstrating the pride that we have in ourselves. I am aware that we all have our “bad” days at work and are not 100% productive, but if we can look beyond those days and be truly appreciative and thankful for the jobs that we have, then our attitude can change for that day making it a positive one. We could be facing the alternative and be standing in the unemployment line like thousands of other people, but we are blessed if we have a job to go to everyday.
Even though I am on the West Coast, I am quite
aware of what it takes to get this wonderful newspaper published each week. It takes a hard working and dedi- cated staff plus two understanding and patient publish- ers. I think of the Piedmont Shopper peeps as a cohesive group that displays immense pride in their individual jobs. There’s Lesley and Judy who constantly increase the sales production. Lisa and Tim are the ones that pleasantly take care of the needs of walk in customers and handle all the classifi ed ads. How about Frankie, the graphic designer and Deb who wears a dual hat, that of graphic designer and maintains the website. Along with these employees is Peggy the bookkeeper and the four drivers that deliver the P.S. to their sites. Lastly, we have Kathy and Alan, the publishers, who make sure this paper is completed without a hitch. It is because of the strong leadership that these two provide, that each of the P.S. employees performs their line of work with the greatest of PRIDE, which again, refl ects the self-pride that each has for themselves.
To bring this to a close, I want to say that if in
fact we “Do what we like,” we certainly can’t help but “Like what we do!” or maybe even LOVE what we do. This holds true for me in my profession. When we show pride in our work, this defi nitely shows pride in oneself. So if this is true for you as well, then remember Life is Good!
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