Here’s Joe, busy as usual, not needing anyone to tell him what to do, just getting on with what he does to help this little shop serve hundreds of people every day.
He’s bashfully trying to hide that big smile of his because he knows I’m sharing this to tell you why he’s made us extra proud of him this year by proving how vitally important he is to our shop team.
I run the company but Joe can do lots of things better than I can. For a start, he has more qualifications. He diligently remembers to do things I regularly forget to do. He is better at organising the stockroom and he knows what’s in stock without looking. He can check delivery notes, which is something I definitely can’t be trusted to do correctly because my brain doesn’t work as well as his with long lists and hundreds of boxes to match up.
Today, as well as replenishing the shelves every few minutes and sorting out the stockroom, he checked fridge temperatures, dealt with several deliveries, then he was on the till scanning in new stock items and printing out labels for the shelves.
This might not sound like a big deal for a young lad as capable, willing and bright as Joe, but it is a massive achievement for someone who was once vastly underestimated and only offered volunteering jobs before he worked here, just because he has a mild learning difficulty.
We are extra proud of him this year because during the last few months there have been major changes in the shop team that could have been really unsettling for him, it was for us!
Instead, he quietly stepped up to take on more hours and important tasks by himself and now there seems to be no stopping him, we can’t get him off the till!
I can’t begin to tell you how brilliant or funny Joe is and how grateful we are to him.
Thank you Joe, you’re definitely Tywardreath Village Shop’s superhero employee of the year.