Monday, October 2, 2017

Being Your Best At Work Has It's Reward

By Yemi Faseun

Good evening good people. Let me share something quickly before bed time.

Something played out of Zig Ziglar's book right before my eyes yesterday morning.

I read "What I Learnt On my Way to the Top" many years ago and one of the first stories, if not the veryfirst one he shared was about a young boy who worked in a store, during one of the World Wars. Anytime Zig visited the store, this little boy was always dashing out to another store across the street, apparently to get stocked out items for customers. Zig concluded that if the store owner (current employer) did not give the guy a raise, another will.

Fast forward to yesterday morning. I have been a customer of Garment Care for a couple of years, at their Ikeja GRA location. There's this lady who worked as a security guard but was always willing to assist customers once we park the car. You could feel the energy and passion with which she comes across time. Not been there for a couple of weeks now but I showed up yesterday morning for my laundry runs. Guess what?  This lady had dropped her security uniform and she adorned the official uniform as a customer service officer. Same smile, same energy.

It was so heartwarming that her employer recognised the extra she offered and moved her into the CS role.

Reflections on the above story by Leslie George
Employers need to recognize that extra that employees are putting in. Sometimes, that extra can be potential for much more. A reverse of this outcome is something that happened with an office assistant who worked with one of my clients. A client came one day and asked her if she wanted to do more than she was doing in that place. He had seen that she was doing much more than an office assistant is assigned to do. She became the face of that client's organization. My client complained to me that someone stole his office assistant, and I explained to him that the person saw in her a role much higher than that of an office assistant.

Comments by #HRwithEM
To the employee - Keep doing your best and go the extra mile. Someone is always watching without your knowing. Your reward could be within or without.

To the employer - If you don't value your employees, you will loose them to others who see their value.

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  4. Waoh! This is superb, this extract from Zig Ziglar by Emmanuel Michael. i will say the theme of this script should be called; The Extra Mile and the Lesson is; Going the Extra Mile get you the Extra Ordinary Result/Reward.. Customer Satisfaction the Hiding path way to Employee Career Growth @JOHNEDOVIOBAGHOGHO

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  6. Excellent!when the employers don't value their employee, they loose them. And when the employer doesn't go extra mile to do his best he loose his job. "" game of work"