I got this really great piece of spam today. And since it was spam, I don’t feel the least bit bad in sharing the lesson it contains.
Here’s the lesson –
There once was a lady, let’s call her Susan, who worked in a large department store. She was being “groomed” for management …or at least she was told this by her superiors… which many thought was the reason why she worked so many extra hours without pay.
She was always the first to arrive in her department.
By the time the other employees arrived, she always had the coffee warm in the small staff room. Her section, women’s clothing, was always orderly with the cash register turned on, everything neatly folded or hung on display, ready for the flow of customers each day.
When it came to customers, she was the one they all turned to for help.
Even the most trying and exasperating customers would walk away charmed, and if not entirely pleased, at least somewhat satisfied. Susan had a way of turning lemons into lemonade that everyone appreciated.
At the end of every day, Susan would be the last to leave …straightening out the shelves in her department, re-hanging the clothes from the changing rooms, cleaning up after a busy day, balancing the cash in her register, and even making sure the coffee pot was turned off before leaving…
Some of the other employees were envious, others would try to follow her example, but few could ever match the charm with which she went through each day.
You would think they were paying her well. Most companies go through hundreds of employees before finding one such as Susan. The sad truth is, Susan was making just a few dollars more than minimum wage and a small quarterly bonus based on total sales in her department.
And yet, she performed her job as though she were already a millionaire …as though the money was not an issue. Even vacations were not something she asked for, always taking the “last” available weeks off after all the other employees had chosen from the schedule first.
During lunch breaks (when she took them) you could always find her in the small staff room reading a book or doing something on her small laptop… always ready with a quick smile for any who popped in.
After two years in the woman’s clothing department, Susan was finally given the word — she was being promoted to Assistant Manager for her department. This would mean an extra $1.50 per hour immediately, and a slightly higher quarterly bonus.
What surprised her employers so much was her response.
“Thank you for the honor, but unfortunately I have to turn it down. You see, with what I’m now earning from my part time business, I’m already making five times what I’m paid here. And next month, I’ve decided to give myself a raise. Thank you for all you have done for me, but things have reached a point in my life where I can’t afford to work here anymore. It would cost me too much money to continue helping you.”
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Link not included – it was spam and we don’t support spam in any way – right?
Anyway – great food for thought, isn’t it?
Use you rminutes wisely.