Patricia Montague 2015-10-01 22:28:30
Whistle While You Work When I learned that the focus of this issue of School Nutrition was on motivation in the workplace, I did what we most of us tend to do today: I turned to Google for some quick web research. In addition, I looked through some of the best-selling business titles at my local bookstore to check out the latest and greatest wisdom on this subject. This might seem odd, considering that I have been working with and managing people for more than 20 years, but I still love learning about how best to motivate staff. At the same time, I still enjoy learning more about myself and discovering what keeps me motivated at work each and every day. Sure, most of us must work in order to pay our bills, but any business guru worth his or her salt will tell you that the motivation that gets us out of bed every morning is much more complicated. The two factors that motivate me—and so many others—are having a passion for our work and knowing that our work has an impact. I have a l-o-n-g history of being active in a variety of different pursuits and organizations, always taking on more and more responsibility. Even when I was a kid, my mom chastised me about doing too much or working too hard—something she still does to this day! It’s so easy to keep getting caught up in things that I care about, as well as with people that I’m fortunate to work with toward shared goals. Looking back over the years, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I’ve enjoyed myself and feel very good about my different contributions. In many professions today, people tend not to work at the same organization for as long as their parents did. This is largely true of the association community. I often get surprised reactions when I tell people I meet that I’ve been at SNA for 22+ years. I then launch into my oft-told tale about SNA, our incredibly important mission in serving children, our wonderful members, the SNA Headquarters team, the dedicated volunteer leaders and the important work we have achieved together over the years. After I stop to take a breath, the typical response I get is admiration for how passionate I am about my work! Indeed, I am! So, when you wake up each morning, what is the passion that fuels you right at the start of your day? Does this passion show in your work? Can others sense it from your attitude and your performance? If a stranger asked what drives you to achieve, would you be able to answer without hesitation? I hope the articles in this month’s magazine give you positive food for thought about your job and the factors that keep you smiling at work each day.
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