Today I came into work at my local storage job, to a pleasant surprise. One of my co-workers was back! She had been very sick for the past two weeks and today she returned to work. Unfortunately she was not fully well yet and she was still feeling bad, but not as quite as terrible as before.
I told her that we had missed her and that we were glad she was back. I asked her what was something she liked, and that I would like to get her a drink or something later today. She responded with a sort of dumbfounded look. I kept prodding and said let me get you something to make you feel better! She said, no that’s alright don’t worry about that. I told her, nope I was going to get her something.
After all, it’s not that hard.
And I was happy to see her back in the office today. She really helps out and does lots of work. Having her gone was tough because the rest of us were working hard to try to do her job as best as we could. While she was gone I had done much of her work for two reasons. First, it needs to be done. If someone is gone for a day or two, maybe then you can leave the work for them to do when they get back, but for a week or two, no way.
The work needs to get done.
Second, how the hell would you feel if you were gone from your job and when you get back all of this work is left on your desk and you come back from feeling terrible to being buried alive? I always hated that when it happened to me.
I will never forget the first time that it happened. I was 19 years old and I was working in a buffet in Crater Lake Oregon. This was prior to starting my vacation rental business. I was a kitchen worker, washing dishes, etc. and my job was to clean it all up. One morning I came into to work and what I saw horrified and flat-out angered me.
There was a massive pile of dirty dishes.
The worker from last night had left everything for me to do this morning. I was so pissed off. Instead of doing her job she just decided to forget it and pawn it all off on me for the next shift. I was so angered. But work had to go on so I cleaned them all up and had an extremely busy day because I was back logged on all these dishes. I started working when the buffet opened so new dirty dishes were coming in well before I was anywhere close to cleaning the ones from the past night.
At the end of the day I made a vow to never do what was done to me to another worker.
And I kept true to that promise. There were more than a few days where I would clock out when my shift was over, but I would stay another 30 minutes or so to finish the dishes so that the worker next morning would not have to go through that ordeal and start off the day on a wrong note.
I thought that was just the right thing to do.
So this past week myself and another co-worker did our best to our co-worker’s job as much as we could so that when she got back she wouldn’t be completely buried. Today, she was in fact very happy that we did as much as we did.
I know that it was the thought that counted.
This is something that I have posted on multiple times. It really is that simple. People often are not looking for out of this world gifts or treatment. Yes, I know we live in this modern age of social media where we see the stars driving in Lamborghinis, and going on otherworldly vacations to remote Caribbean islands and the like, but all most people really want is to be treated in a decent manner.
Give them a helping hand at their job, i.e. don’t just pile work on their backs, remember their birthday, and if they are sick get them a hot tea!
It’s not that hard, and it could make all the difference.