Rather than my usual closing shift, one of the ETLs assigned me the early shift (starting at 8am) tomorrow. I’m going to be covering for one of our team leaders. I probably won’t get all of the responsibilities of a team leader, but I will certainly learn new things and be doing something different from my usual job.
I’m starting to wonder whether all of this extra work I do is going unnoticed. I’m not getting a promotion (I’m definitely not getting a pay raise), and my title isn’t changing. If I leave Target, I still have to put “sales floor team member” on my resume. I can maybe tell future employers about the extra effort I put into my job, but it won’t matter that much if my resume immediately tells them that I was at the bottom of the food chain.
Every month, the ETLs of each Target elect a “Great Team Hero,” someone who does exemplary work and is a great team player. February was a good month for me, and I sort of thought I was a shoo-in. Yesterday, the ETLs announced a different person for Great Team Hero. I don’t know why I care so much, but I felt like I did a lot to deserve the title.
Anyway. I don’t do my job because I expect recognition. I feel honored that the ETLs and team leaders give me additional responsibilities. But just because I don’t expect recognition doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love some.