We have started asking our recently hired team members if they wanted to contribute a post to the Culture Blog sharing their experience or thoughts after they have been with the company for about 30 days or so. Here is one from Chris K D who joined the Engage Driver Services team as a Member Engagement Representative.
Hi, my name is Chris K. D. and I celebrated my one-month anniversary as a Daxkonian on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013. Here are some observations of my time so far. I’ll try not to go over the limit, but I write for a semi-living, so there’s that. (Disclaimer: I will quote several songs to emphasize my points. You’ve been warned.)
“Working all day for a mean little guy/With a bad toupee and a soup-stained tie/He’s got me running around the office like a gerbil on a wheel/He can tell me what to do/But he can’t tell me what to feel”
-Fountains of Wayne, “Hey Julie”
I graduated with a journalism and broadcasting degree from the University of Montevallo in 2011 after a viewing of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous revolutionized my career path. I set my sights on being a traveling music journalist. After fours years of working random jobs (sign holder, test proctor, foreclosure specialist, Direct TV marketer in Wal-mart electronics sections), freelance writing, and getting paid the equivalent of a tank of gas for the articles (though I’m sure all of the free music, artists interviews, and concert passes equaled much more), I interviewed for a local newspaper.
A few weeks after not hearing anything back about the job, I applied at Daxko after the recommendation of a few friends and began one of the most thorough interviews processes ever. Though I had heard of Daxko’s creative approach to team members and customer service, the aforementioned Fountains of Wayne tune at the beginning of this post still echoed in my mind.
My fears subsided within the first hour of my first day, though my anxiety might still have been bolstered by the three cups of free coffee (French Roast, Dominican, and Barista Blend). My fellow new Daxkonian, Jim B., had a last name that could score major points in Scrabble. Donovan D. and Nirja P. proved to be excellent company for the orientation process as well. Janna B. rocked it when it came to presenting the company vision. I was ready to begin.
One week later…
I was in Concierge for exactly 36 minutes when Janna tapped me on the shoulder.
“Surprise! You’re in sales,” she said.
I tried not to show my nerves as we rode the elevator and as I was internally screaming “Abort! Abort!”
To save space and your time, I will summarize the rest of the month. I never thought I would be good at my current position and now I cannot get enough of it. Everyone with whom I interact on a daily basis is more than willing to help when I have a question or have no idea what to say to a member. They care less about numbers and the bottom line (though those things are still important) and so much more about my own success and personal growth. This should speak volumes to anyone who views office jobs as killjoys. Dave G. offers a brilliant vision for changing all of this.
My mantra for day jobs used to be:
“Just do your best. It’s the only way to keep that last bit of sanity.” – The Avett Brothers, “When I Drink”
However, Scott Avett also wrote the following lyrics in “Heart Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” and I am starting to agree with this more and more every time I walk through DaxPark:
“If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected. Decide what to be and go be it.”
A bond exists between the team members at Daxko that goes beyond shallow co-worker relationships. Innovation is on the cusp for everyone here and we will be able to harness in one form or another.
I plan to write more on this blog. I’ve read all of the Life at Daxko posts and determined that you are all brilliantly eccentric. I am glad to count myself among the Nation.
Chris K. D. is an MET who enjoys writing songs and telling other people’s stories along with the occasional autobiographical tale. Feel free to listen (www.chriskdavidson.bandcamp.com) or follow (@ChrisKDavidson).