The local, national, and international news has been a little heavy lately, so we thought we would lighten things up with some good news about our valued staff member, Amos. It is our great pleasure to announce that we recently promoted Amos to the position of Chief Morale Officer at LaMountain & Associates.
While Amos has always played a key role in keeping morale high at the office, we decided that he deserves a title that reflects his primary contribution to the day-to-day operations of the firm. Appropriately, Amos received his promotion on August 28, 2017, his 8th birthday!
Welcoming, Patient, Understanding, and Flexible
When Amos had his recent Annual Performance Review, he got consistently high marks on some noteworthy mindsets and behaviors. This contributed to our decision to give him a promotion.
- Amos consistently “welcomes” both Dennis and Camille to their offices – regardless of the time of day or night! Amos is welcoming!
- While he can be persistent when he wants attention, he accepts being “rejected” when we make it clear that “this is not a good time to be on my shoulder.” Amazingly, he doesn’t dwell on the fact that we sometimes need alone-time at work. We can escort him to the hallway at 9:00 a.m., and he is still happy to see us at 9:30 or 10:00. Wouldn’t it be great if EVERY employee was that patient and understanding?
- Amos is also willing to take on tasks that many employees would consider to be “demeaning” or “offensive.” For example, Camille will sometimes say to Amos, “Sit in my office chair and keep it warm until I return.” Amos gets right to work on that task without any complaint whatsoever! Amos is flexible about what he’s willing to do!
Appreciative, Accepting, Easy-Going, and Loyal
Amos is appreciative that Dennis likes to use quotes in his articles and in coaching sessions. Here’s one of Amos’ favorite quotes:
Don’t take yourself too seriously, and don’t be too serious about not taking yourself too seriously! – Howard Ogden
Now, how many employees would accept an employer actually posting information about their Annual Performance Review on a public website? This doesn’t threaten Amos’ ego one single bit! Amos is accepting!
Amos also likes a quote by poet Robert Bly, Minnesota’s first Poet Laureate. In an interview about this honor, Mr. Bly stated:
They wrote me and said something about it, and I said if it doesn’t involve any work, I’ll do it!
Amos responded in the exact same way as Robert Bly when we offered to promote him to the position of Chief Morale Officer. His only concern was whether there would actually be any “work” involved. Amos is easy-going.
Amos has a “severe allergic reaction” to doing complex tasks because he values being serene. In fact, his serenity depends upon having a high degree of latitude when he develops his daily “To Do” list. While many employees would not be able to get away with this, Amos is so loyal to the company that he sees no reason to develop a resume, go to networking events, or “get on LinkedIn.”
In as many ways as he can, Amos lets us know every day that he’s not going anywhere. Most of our business clients would love to have more employees that displayed this degree of loyalty!
Keeping Morale High at Work
Whether you work at home, like we do, or at a busy corporate workplace, we highly recommend that you hire a Chief Morale Officer like Amos. No matter what happens at work, having an employee like Amos on your staff will help assure that morale remains high!