In our Malnati 2009 Kickoff Meeting last week, I spoke about the importance of appreciating one’s job. It can become easy to take what we have for granted when we have always been employed, but in the midst of this particular economy I would not want to be on the outside looking in. I have several friends that are business owners who have been forced to shrink their workforce, and it has been painful for them to burn down what they have invested so much time in building. But that doesn’t compare to the people I know that are out searching for a company that is hiring.
One man who had been with his firm for 17 years, growing in stature and salary, suddenly lost his job. After two months of pounding the pavement, he has only been offered $8/ hour, and that with very part-time hours. Another real estate executive, who believed that he could hook on with another company at any time, has realized after eight months of interviews that he will be very lucky indeed to find anything this year!
It’s time to dig in, and bring fresh energy to your job, wherever it might be. I think that someone who understands the concept of being a team player, and also gets what it means to be willing to sacrifice for the greater good of one’s company, has a far greater chance of survival than those who do not. Marc Malnati