"We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things,
because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Copyright © 2018
by Ralph F. Couey
It's been over a month since I last "penned" some words here. And there have been some changes. Back in April, mainly out of boredom, I returned to the workforce, hiring on at a local Target (or Tahrjey as they say). I actually scouted the store, as I did with about eleven other businesses that were hiring. What I noticed right away was how happy the workforce was. They seemed genuinely glad to be there. Everybody was working hard, not just the going-through-the-motion stuff I was seeing with other companies. When I asked for help, instead of that bit of hesitation that spoke wordlessly "Can't you see I'm busy?" they were eager to help, and seemed genuinely concerned that my Target experience was a good one. The place was clean and well ordered. Now, all of these things spoke volumes to me about a very positive management philosophy that spread good feelings all the way through the workforce. It was, in my view, the best place to work. Now, almost three months later, my experience has confirmed my analysis.
It doesn't pay a whole lot, even though its well above the minimum, but what has been valuable has been the opportunity to interact with people again.
Any writer will tell you that they are very interested in people's stories; what's happening in their lives, how they feel about things, and where they see themselves on the journey of their lives. I didn't realize how much I had missed that. I've had many warm and positive interactions with the customers, or "guests" in Target lingo. And I've heard some amazing stories.