I started my new job about 2 months ago. Still with the same company, just a different role. We’re a 2 man team that affects operations world wide. The veteran who’s bringing me up to speed is the absolute epitome of work ethics and efficiency.
We support requests from every corner of the globe and our expertise is one of the reasons our department hasn’t been outsourced to some other Hell-hole of a country.
Here’s a conversation we had the other day…
Him: Do you have your blade on you?
Me: Always, that’s why it’s called my blade.
Him: Singapore is trying to piss me off more than China. This packaging is ridiculous. Customs requirements are getting out of control.
Me: Here ya go, it’s sharp.
Him: I used to carry a knife but company policy won’t allow it.
Me: We can’t do our jobs if we don’t have a blade. I use mine a half-dozen times every day and you borrow it just as much.
Him: Yeah, I know. I usually have a box cutter close by but I always set it down somewhere and lose track of it.
Me: Well then I’m going to buy you a decent blade and you’re going to carry it everyday.
Carrying a knife at work will subject one to immediate termination if you believe company policy.
Then reality rears its ugly head and everyone who’s worth their salt carries a decent blade.
Being who you are is an asset in so many different ways.