I’m amazed at the thought process employed by some people when a desirable job opens up within their organization. It doesn’t matter what the job is. It could be the leader of a special interest group, a Graduate Assistant Position for an unemployed graduating senior student, or even the head of your special unit. It’s as if some people just wait their whole life for the moment that these positions magically open, and then suddenly now, as if a giant obstacle has been removed from their path, they are suddenly ready to take on this new position and all the responsibilities that come with it.
Forget that last week they wandered into work an hour late, shirt unchecked, 5 o’clock shadow at 10 am and that the TPS reports that they still haven’t completed, were suppose to be handed in with the new cover sheet last week.
“I’m still waiting on Jimbo down in printing to get me the green stock paper to print it on boss. As soon as I get that green paper I’ll be right on it.”
All of a sudden, now that more pay and a title change are available, a better effort is now worth putting forward. That now, getting to work early or at least on time is the right thing to do and that now tasks will be accomplished on time and with vigor. That now, customer service comes with a smile. The trouble with now is, well now is simply just too late.
Because right now, you’ve already been interviewed for the past three years.
Art Horne is the Coordinator of Care and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team at Northeastern University, Boston MA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.