I woke up this morning and had a feeling that it was going to be a bad day.
It’s gloomy, gray, and chilly out. The sun isn’t shining. The birds aren’t chirping. The coffee isn’t strong enough.
I’m sure you can imagine my frustration when I got to the front door of the office at 8:58 this morning and I had to face the fact that I was no longer curled up in my warm bed. UGH.
I felt like I had the typical lazy college kid mentality: Can I just work from my bed, please? (more like Netflix in bed). I walked into the office with a negative attitude, I felt unmotivated and annoyed.
That was until I opened the door and stepped inside.
IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH
Once I stepped inside, the first thing I hear is our CEO, Collin Caneva, say “Good morning Giavanna! How are you today?”
In that moment, my mood did a complete 180. All the negativity vanished. I looked around our bright orange office, saw our core values on the wall and smiled at myself. Within an hour of being awake my not so great day turned into a great day.
If you’ve ever been inside our office then you know the type of work environment we have at AMPT.
We have a very uplifting and positive culture here. We are a close-knit group seeing as our company is so small. Our CEO takes the time to get to know all his employees and show us that he truly cares about us, even outside of the workplace.
And it makes all the difference. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest differences.
IT’S NOT “ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL”
I understand how challenging that would be for a large corporation. It would be almost impossible for a CEO to get to know all their employees personally, nor should it be expected.
One thing that I’ve noticed throughout my time at AMPT is sometimes the only kind of recognition you need throughout the day is someone coming up to you and taking the time to ask how you’re doing. Just sitting down and have a five minute conversation with you. Or greeting you with a smile and a positive attitude once you walk in the door.
This is best for me. However, for you our your employees it might be a note on a desk, or an email in the inbox. Whatever you choose to do, care while you do it and you’ll make all the difference.
IT IS ABOUT BEING HAPPY
It’s all the little things in our life that make us happy or make us feel appreciated. It’s not the end of the year bonus or the raise. I won’t argue that those are perks in life, but I will argue that the little things are sometimes what brings someone the most joy. Happiness can’t always be measured with a price tag.
For me, happiness is feeling important and valued by your peers and colleagues.
I challenge each of you to go up to a co-worker or employee today and engage them in a quick conversation. Learn something new about them or ask them if they have any weekend plans.
Give them your undivided attention, smile, and shed some positivity on their day. That might be all the recognition they need to turn their day around, just like it was for me.