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A Good Job

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time,

because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.
It transcends all barriers.
- Ed Sullivan

What is a “good job”? Sometimes looking good at your job is as easy as telling others that you are! No, I am not talking about bragging, because that is not my style. I am speaking about letting your actions speaking louder than your words, which then becomes the resident’s perception of you in your role as Activities Director. Let me share a few examples with you now.
  • If a resident asks you to provide a program, movie, outing, etc., when it is time to promote it, be sure to say that it is a resident requested program. This shows your community that you are open to suggestions and that you act on the suggestions given.  That tells the community that you are a good listener.
  •   Keep a log of entertainers who have performed at your community, and rate them so that you can accurately promote the program the next time (s)he returns with “back by popular demand.” This increases your credibility within the community and improves the overall quality of performers who will return to your stage. 
  •   Bring fresh ideas to the community as often as you can. These might be outings, games, theme events, etc. When they are complete – and hopefully successful, residents might complement you on the program. Say thank you and remind them that it was a team effort, if that is the case, or share with them where you got your inspiration from.  This tells your community that you work well as a team player and/or that you take pride in your work. 
  • Keep your office or work space neat – including the storage areas that only a few people see. This tells the community that you are organized.
  • Get your files and calendar organized so that you can respond to questions, requests, etc. in an accurate and timely manner. This tells the community that you are responsible for your department.

These are just a few examples. I am sure that you can add more to this list. Remember; give credit where credit is due, and realize that being neat and organized pay off in more ways than you think!

hat power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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