Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (PRWEB) May 26, 2004
Standing in the bakery department of a large retail food chain, I noticed an employee unloading a five-tier rack of cookies. I asked about a particular type of cookie and my request launched a most surprising and energetic conversation.
This woman had a sense of what she needed to make her work, work for her. She took pride in what she did, recognized the value of community and had an innate sense of what it takes to makes things work for herself. My guess is she lived a pretty balanced existence, but itÂs really only a guessÂ you see she had to go, her next batch of cookies were calling.
With great pride she told me that she had just made all the cookies and that they had turned out exceptionally well. I commented on her pride in her accomplishment and she replied, Âbut that is what I am here to do.Â Now I was intrigued. When I asked if she liked working for this company she enthused that she joined the firm nine years ago as a bagger and luckily she was moved to the bakery early on and had been there ever since. ÂThey have a wonderful health plan and although I donÂt really need it right now, except for when I go to the dentist twice a yearÂ I know I will be well taken care of in the future.Â
This woman was so proud of her work and her employer Â I needed to know why. ÂIs it your attitude that makes this such a great work experience or is this work so well suited to your skills and abilities, that it is just a perfect fit.? ÂWell I donÂt think itÂs my attitude. I just know that all of us work back there and try and create the best product we canÂ weÂre like a family. And I guess now that you say it, I do have a good attitude.Â Then she said Âcan you tell me why you would take the time to talk to me like this? YouÂre an author? YouÂve written a book about meaningful work? WhatÂs your name? I want to buy your book.
Judee Regan is Author of Meaningful Work...the Entrepreneurial Way: Your integrated guide to Career and Personal Life Management.(http://www.worldofwork.com/book.shtml) Judee champions taking responsibility for your own life through action, contribution and Work-Life wholeness and well-being through awareness, vision, and choice.
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