I didn’t expect it to happen so early in my career at CS3, but I won my first award with the company last week.
I won the Duh Award, something that could be considered more of a burden than a mantle to carry around the office. Bestowed upon employees that fail to maneuver everyday office activities with precision and grace, it is CS3’s version of a dunce cap. At least, in an office full of business advisors, I am not the only recipient.
The sequence of events that earned the award still astounds me. As I was fighting a losing battle with the office printer, I knew a short respite would provide the added strength I needed to continue to rage against the machine. As a true millennial, I was clinging to my phone but then set it down…down through a slot into a locked bin designated for confidential papers.
My heart sank. I struggled in vain for half an hour trying to retrieve it, unwilling to take reputational hit and ask for help. Finally, I knew I needed it and asked my boss. He had an extra key and got it for me quite easily, but the damage had been done the Duh Award was won.
As it sits on my desk still today, I feel like a real part of the company, unable to continue any façade of flawlessness (although that veil was torn on my first day). And now there is always a good icebreaker when I walk into a meeting.