Being a receptionist and someone who often works behind the scenes, there are many times I do not always get recognized for my efforts. It never really bothered me (hey, I know my job sucks at times but really, if things were perfect, life wouldn't be the way it is, right?) but there are times being excluded did actually tick me off. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect people to constantly sing my praises or roll out the red carpet for me. I know I am well appreciated and am allowed to wear a lot of things that are not really accepted in most workplaces. I worked hard to get that kind of slack!.
Aside for a more relaxed dress code, what I do need? The occasional thank you. This is always appreciated..There are many times, I go out of my way, above and beyond my job description for some people and it would be nice to receive a thanks! What most people don't realize, they are not the only ones in the office asking for favors. They automatically assume that I sit there looking pretty and I file my nails all day. This is not the case. I am pretty swamped!
I remember once an old colleague of mine from a previous job went out of his way to thank everyone in the office...except for me. What annoyed me, he never thanked me, never wished me a Merry Christmas or Happy New Year but he remembered me whenever he needed something and expected me to give him preferential treatment. Not once did I receive a thank you from this guy and it upset me. There were a few times I pulled some strings for him and the impression I got is that I had nothing better to do. When I politely confronted him about all this he replied "oh but you have so much downtime, you should be thanking me for keeping you busy" I did take the case to my boss and the person backed off.
On a more positive note, I do like to think for every coworker who forgets about the little guy, there are at least two who don't. As an example, a colleague of mine sent me an e-mail last week. While he is not my direct boss, I was still included along with the rest of his team members. It was just a simple message: "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, all the best to you and your family. Thank you for all your hard work" sort of deal.
The fact that the person took a couple of minutes from his busy day to write that e-mail, to think of me, is what made me smile and you know what? If that person ever needs my help again, you bet I would be more than happy and willing to do so! People like to be recognized for their efforts and I am no exception.
Just this afternoon, a colleague of mine gave me a Hello Kitty thermos as a gift because she noticed how much I like that cute little cat! I don't expect gifts and it certainly was a nice surprise!
The point of this post? Simple! Don't be a douche! Say thank you to the little guy! Trust me, a happy staff is a productive staff. Remember, respect is earned, not given! Take it from someone who knows!
With that being said, dear readers, thank you for reading!
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