|This plastic FIFO stand helps organize cupboards|
My manager gave me my first thirty day review and told me that I was "the perfect employee with one exception." He mentioned that I came across to other employees as snappy when I talked to them due to the tone in my voice. I come by this naturally and still have to work hard not to do this. When I'm tired or really frustrated the tone goes back to this same manner. I realized how lucky I was to have someone who cared enough about me to give me constructive criticism.
This happens in coaching. Players are often discouraged because they keep getting yelled at. But the reality is if someone is yelling at you (in a constructive manner) they care enough about you to make you better. The real worrying should come when they stop talking to you all together. As a referee, standing on the free throw line next to someone who has just gotten chewed out by their coach, I offer a word of encouragement along these lines and this usually has their head back in the game in record time. The right thing to do is to accept constructive criticism and ask for suggestions on how to overcome the obstacles that seem to be in the way. The person who cared about you enough to tell you about a problem, will surely give some guidance. It is not just good enough to hear the negatives and not have solutions to the problems that were presented.
|Dust Mop Flip Flops!|
I am thankful for the advice given to me that day by my manager. He provided the way for me to make money to survive, literally. during my last three years at college. I ate many Filet-o-Fish sandwiches and Big Macs as I picked up trash (McDonalds doesn't allow you to say garbage either)...cleaning as I went. Now that I'm older and wiser, I'll add that what is even better than Clean-as-you-go is to Clean-up-after-yourself. If the dirty towels were never placed there by someone else to begin with, there would be no need to clean as you go. Hint Hint: I'm providing the advice because I care about you.