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Marry Me and Fly for Fr**

 

 

Author:   Glenn Shepard
Date:   May 20, 2014
Category:   Management

 

   
 
   

 

 
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Dear Glenn,

 

I have a comment about your article on giving a 2 week notice. In our company, not giving notice makes you ineligible for rehire, regardless of how well you did your job.

     It’s amazing how many people realize the grass isn’t greener at another job and want to come back. Regardless of whether they were here for 5 months or 15 years, they aren’t getting another chance if they left without notice.

      If we’re called for a reference, we’ll state that they’re not eligible for rehire.

      And don’t forget that quitting without notice may also affect your right to collect unemployment, the date at which your insurance & other benefits end, any unused vacation/sick time being paid, etc. Not being professional in your exit really can haunt you.

 

- Tanya in Lebanon, OH

 

Dear Tanya,

 

Very well said! While you'll never know it, people all over the world are printing your comment and sharing it with their employees and children right now.

    Thanks for your comment.

 

- Glenn in Nashville, TN

 
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I’m often asked how to be happy at work if you have a lousy job.

 

While it is easier when you have a great job, happiness is still a choice, not a result.

 

I love my job. But there are other jobs I would have preferred, such as:

 

 

- Playing lead guitar for AC/DC 

 

- Being the place kicker for the Miami Dolphins

 

- Test driving new Corvettes  

 

 

But even the folks who have those jobs encounter stress, exhaustion, and boredom just like everyone else.

 

One way to make any job easier is to have a little fun while doing it, and no one does that better than Southwest Airlines.

 

Once while I was flying to Las Vegas,  the attendant was trying to get everyone seated so the flight could depart on schedule. She announced,

 

“We need a tush in every cush!"

 

Just before takeoff, she announced,

 

“We need you to turn off all electronic devices, the same ones with the ear buds in your ears so you can’t hear me right now!"

 

and then,

 

"We appreciate those of you who chose to listen today. And for those of you who didn’t, good luck!”

 

Later she announced,

 

"If you accidentally press the button for a flight attendant, I’m sorry to report that contrary to what you may have heard, that does not turn us on.”

 

When we landed in Vegas, she announced,

 

"Welcome to Anchorage, Alaska!”

 

Southwest not only encourages their employees to make the work environment fun, they also play along.

 

Because employees’ spouses fly for fr**, Southwest had shirts made for single employees that read,

 

“MARRY ME AND FLY FOR FR**!”

 

So how much does it benefit a company to have happy workers? I overheard two passengers say that they always fly Southwest when possible (as do I) because their flight attendants make the flight so pleasant.

 

The employees' choice to be happy at work is affecting the company’s bottom line, which ultimately affects their own job security.

 

It's no surprise that Southwest has been profitable for 41 consecutive years, in an industry so notoriously brutal that bankruptcies are the norm.

 

 

 

To Your Success,

 

 

Glenn Shepard

 

 

 

P.S. "**" = "ee", which must be done to get through sp++ filters.

P.P.S. "++" = "am", which is done for the same reason.

 

 

 

 

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