I Didn’t Go to College To Move Boxes

courtesy of houz.com

courtesy of houz.com

Once, I  ordered handbook  for my students and they were delivered to our shipping and receiving warehouse.  The warehouse manager indicated that their truck broke down and it would not be repaired in time so that my students would have their handbooks  by the first day of class.  The next day I reported to  work in khakis and sneakers, pulled up to the loading dock and the shipping and receiving staff loaded up  the trunk of my car.  I transported the boxes of planners to my office and contacted a few of my co-workers to give me a hand in bringing the boxes inside  and they obliged.   As a result we met our deadline and were able to deliver the handbooks to our students during orientation. If it isn’t illegal, immoral or unethical are you willing to do what is required to get the job done? When you genuinely care about your work there will be moments where you will have to perform tasks that are not in the job description.  Depending on where you work  you may have to make photo copies, deliver packages, moves boxes or perform a variety of tasks you or your manager did not anticipate would be required. Yet in order to meet a deadline or  cover for a co-worker who may be on leave  you may have to go above and beyond.  Avoid allowing your ego or your level of education interfere with seeing the long term benefits of you doing something that isn’t quite within your role. I am not suggesting that this should be done on a regular basis, but I do believe you should consider using these moments to demonstrate that you are willing to do what is necessary (if it isn’t illegal, immoral or unethical) to get the job done.


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