John Barsphlat of Plungco Inc. recently learned of his winning the company's prize in recognition of outstanding employee achievement. The Recognition Award Committee elected John as this month's winner for his role in saving the company thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
A few weeks back he noticed glitches on approximately fifty invoices that were to be mailed to the government (his company provides toilet supplies to many federal offices). They all had missing zeros in the billing amounts. John tried to inform a supervisor but couldn't locate any due to the fact that they were all in a closed meeting brainstorming ways to boost lowering employee morale.
So setting aside his own work, John researched the correct amounts and retyped all the invoices finishing just in time before they were to be mailed out that afternoon. He stayed after hours to complete his own work without pay and skipped eating that night.
"It came down between John and Sally Wurthliss," said a male Recognition Committee member. "Sally, our receptionist who keeps winning the Miss Plungco bikini beauty pageant at the company picnic each summer, came in on time and stayed her full eight hours for a whole week-a whole week! But in the end it was John who came out on top with a one-vote margin-a result I still disagree with."
The recognition Committee is made up of two guys and three women. It's reported that the hotly contested vote took up approximately three and a half hours of company time until it was lunch break in which the final vote was quickly cast and they all left the building for Chinese.
"I used to think this silly award was a waste of time," said a proud Barsphlat. "I always thought that building a positive work environment that fostered good communication and kept the frustration factor down for workers, as well as on-time reviews with competitive salary raises and well earned promotions were the key to morale. But winning this whistle with the company logo has changed all that."
John isn't allowed to blow his whistle inside the work place due to company policy. "But I keep it in my car where I can blow it as soon as I get off work." He keeps it hanging on his rearview mirror and says it's a constant reminder of his company's gratitude and motivates him each morning on his way in to work.
Congratulations John Barsphlat of Plungco Inc.!