I wrote a goodbye letter to my coworkers. I probably didn’t cry. Or at least not a lot.
(yes, this is long. Please stick with me til the very end, just as if I was Harry Potter)
As many of you know, this is my last week at McDonald’s. I wanted to get a chance to say goodbye to all of you and this is perhaps the best way to reach out to most everyone.
I started at Olney McDonald’s in September of 2002. Yes. You read that right. Although I’ve come and gone before, I’ve managed to spend nearly 9 years working here. Through that time only three things have remained the same: the Big Mac, the phone number, and Fred.
I cannot tell you how much McDonald’s has given me. It is immeasurable. McDonald’s has been a job in high school, a job when I needed it desperately, and a job that helped me get to where I wanted to be. Each time I tried to be the best employee I could be for the store and in return, the store was the best it could be for me. To those that don’t see that this is how it works yet—I hope you someday do. You get out what you put in. You really do—even when it seems like you don’t. Sometimes you don’t get out what you expect to, and it takes a long time to really see your investment return. But it does happen. I promise.
If you feel like you’re not getting out what you should be—my advice is to put more in.
Invest in the people you work with- show up to work, pull your weight, be a good co-worker that people look forward to working with. Do the job the way you expect others to do it—set a good example.
Invest in the business- McDonald’s can provide you with opportunities you may not expect- high school kids I’m talking to you—there are a lot of scholarships aimed at you, and in addition, your experience at McDonald’s is a wonderful thing to talk about in future interviews. You didn’t “just” work at McDonald’s—you learned customer service (oh my, oh my how excited businesses are to employ people with good customer service skills!!), how to handle cash and keep a balanced drawer, food safety, etc.
This has been a job that I have learned soooo much from. From being a high school kid and learning how to do really simple things like handle cash to growing as a person and learning how to deal with people. I have met all sorts of people through these doors, as you all can imagine, both in front of the counter and behind it. Ray Kroc liked to say that this is a people business, and I couldn’t agree more. You’ll meet, serve and work with people from all walks of life in McDonald’s and learning not only how to deal with them as individuals, but also simply learning from them will be things that you carry with you the rest of your life.
There are many of you that have become a family to me. I not only look forward to coming to work with you, but also to sharing stories— hearing about your kids, your school, your life. Investing in each other has been one of the greatest parts of this job for me.
I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Kim. I know she isn’t as facebook active as most of us, but I’m certain one or twenty of you will pass this on to her. I don’t think we recognize Kim and that hardwork that she puts in nearly enough. When I started, Kim was 1st assistant under Mil, and anyone who can put up with Mil in a position like that deserves a round of applause already. I did not, as a teenager, always get along with Kim or understand the work she actually did. I did not appreciate Kim, in all honesty, until I left McDonald’s the first time and realized just how important having a good manager like Kim was.
You know when you’re having a really hard day at the store and things just seem out of control? 10 people have called in and the rush seems to be the longest rush ever? I always wanted Kim there on those days. Not so she could suffer through the trenches with us so much as just knowing that she could take charge of the situation and bring a calm to it. Having a boss that is as strong and collected as Kim is invaluable. That is not a knock at all to our other managers, just simply a tip of the hat to Kim. In addition to that, there are countless thing that Kim does “behind the scenes” that most people never really know about or notice. You really oughta go tell her thanks for yourself.
In fact, say “thank you” to all the managers. They do work hard and have a lot of responsibilities that you may not even be aware of. It’s hard work, even when you don’t realize it. As you’ve heard me say before- I wouldn’t want to do it (again.)
Thank you and I wish you all the best—- I’ll miss you all, and as many of you know- rarely do I forget about the people I work with, as you’ve likely heard me telling stories about people that I worked with a decade ago—you never know when you may be one of those stories for me in the future! I’ll miss you all and thank you so much!
(as a gift for sticking with me til the very end, please enjoy these “before & after” photos)