For the third time in the past five years, I have received our company’s Employee Of The Year award. Every year, there are two awards handed out at our annual holiday dinner, Salesperson Of The Year and Employee Of The Year. Since the majority of the employees there are in sales, that doesn’t leave many people left for the Employee Of The Year award. So that makes me think, am I really worthy?
First off, let me state that I truly appreciate being chosen for the award. I do work hard for my company and take pride in what I do. It’s not just about putting in 10-12 hours a day, it’s about taking ownership in not only what I do, but in the company itself. I don’t consider what I do a success unless the company as a whole is successful.
I take pride in thinking outside the box to not only identify weaknesses, but develop solutions to strengthen or at least eliminate them. It’s not just enough to do the job that I was hired to do. For an employee in a technical field, just knowing the technology isn’t enough to thoroughly do your job, you have to learn and know the business behind it as well. Going above and beyond that list of duties should be a standard for every employee.
Am I truly worthy of the Employee Of The Year award? Maybe. Are there other employees that are worthy? Most certainly. Are there some employees that aren’t worthy? Absolutely. The big question is, can any employee be worthy? I have to think that anyone can be worthy for it, they just have to have the desire and commitment for it.
I challenge all of my fellow employees to make the 2011 Employee Of The Year decision one of the most difficult that our employer has ever made. 2011 Employee Of The Year is… YOU!! C’mon, fight me for it. Make me work for it. We’ll both benefit from it, I promise you.