I was working with a team in a laundry facility at a nursing home. They were in conflict, working long hours in a small and hot space. During the individual interview with each employee, I asked a simple question and expected a simple answer: What do you do? You, like I may have expected answers such as, “I clean laundry” “I wash soiled sheets”, but that was not the reply.
Every employee had a similar response. “We provide dignity to our residents in their last stages of life.” Completely blown away, I didn’t know how to reply, so I pressed further. “What do you mean?”
“Clean sheets each day are dignity, and another thing, we wash their personal clothes, and mend their sweaters…something that may be the last connection to their former life…that is what we do.”
Do you think someone told them that their job mattered? Absolutely. Why don’t we do this enough with positions that seem “less than” when compared against more prestigious jobs? You can start today…what are you waiting for? If you are in one of those jobs that makes life better for others, hear this: Thank You…Your Job Matters.
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Published by Carl Weber
Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy.
Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA).
Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading.
Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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