Employers tell me all the time that a particular job in their organization stinks and that no one will want to do this job. I believe there is a job for everyone and that we shouldn’t let our beliefs get in the way of allowing someone else to take pride in their work.
I have a construction crew at my house doing some minor repairs, including the re-doing of some steps. While in the process of removing the worn out wood, they came across a family of skunks. Thankfully, they didn’t wake the family up and were able to call a wildlife removal service, who quickly arrived on the scene to set humane traps. Everyday, the wildlife crew would come and remove what was caught and they would reset the traps.
Today was the day they decided to pull up the wood to see if their work was done. It turns out, there were twelve babies in the nest. The wildlife crew swaddled the babies and placed them in the truck. They would then be handed off to someone who nurses the babies until they are strong enough to be released into the wild. I kid you not. There are actually people who do this work with the love and care many of you wish your own employees would take when working with your customers.
So the next time you think you have a job that stinks and that no one will want to do this work, remember this story about the skunks. There is a job for everyone and you and I shouldn’t pass judgement on whether or not people are too good to take on a task they find rewarding.