Everyone remembers their first job. It was so important and special. You finally had money of your own! You could go to the movies or buy that jacket you’ve had your eye on or get your girlfriend a necklace. Anything you wanted. Finally, you had the independence and freedom you so badly wanted for so long. 

But let’s not kid ourselves. Most of our first jobs were very temporary and far from our dream jobs. They were just the only job we could get at the time. They paid minimum wage and they honestly weren’t that fun. And, more often than not, most of them were in fast food.

This is a problem managers of fast food restaurants have to deal with constantly. The turnover is insane! It makes it very hard to keep the restaurant moving smoothly because there are always new employees to train. Many managers get frustrated with this and have terrible attitudes that created a negative work environment that affects business in the long run. But one Chick-fil-A manager in Knoxville, Tennessee had a different approach.

He knew that these jobs were just temporary for his employees and he wanted to encourage them to chase their dreams. So he came up with a plan. Everyone would get new name tags that not only had their names on them, but they also listed the career they are working towards.

These days, just about every has a side hustle. Something else they’re putting time into. Dreaming about. Hoping to achieve. But it’s often very hard to stay focused on your dreams when you get constantly dragged down by bills and daily struggles. Everyone needs a little help and extra encouragement. That’s exactly what this manager gave his employees.

What a simple and cool way to motivate people you care about while also creating a positive work environment! People would regularly comment on how good the customer service was at this particular location. And it’s all due to more positive attitudes because the employees were happier. They had hope for the future. They knew they could achieve their dreams.

 

This should be done everywhere! Let’s spread this around and see if we can’t make this happen and every fast food restaurant. Get to sharing!