Thursday, August 21, 2014

Associate of the Month

Yesterday, something crazy happened. I am still kind of in shock…

In fact, I had a blog post already written for today, but it’s been moved to next week.

So yesterday at work, this happened….

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I’ve been involved with Associate of the Month Celebration planning through the committee I’ve served on for several years, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would receive such an honor.

Earlier in the week, my boss jumped all over a “watermelon eating contest” that we were hosting during the AoM celebration. I wondered why he volunteered but didn’t actually put much thought into it. Most of my department wanted to “watch” him during the contest…and that’s how they tricked me!

The last time co-workers of mine received this award (it happened twice), they used me as a decoy!

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When our administrator began speaking about the Associate of the Month, he talked about how their department recently went through a huge change (cause we did) and everything was flipped upside-down and back again. He also mentioned that the department received a perfect score on patient satisfaction…since we were the only department who received that score, I was confused. I kept trying to catch the eye of my coworker across the room, but she wouldn’t look at me.

He finally said a name, but I didn’t hear him well…and then it registered…he said MY name! OMG.

I was sitting in a corner with my team, so I didn’t see my parents or my husband who were cleverly hiding out, away from me…

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I was so excited to have them there!

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…then the watermelon eating contest began! Yes, he REALLY did participate!

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He didn’t win, but he came super close!

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My co-workers

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Part of me is still in shock. I’m honored to be included with such an elite group of individuals at my organization!

Does your workplace host an Associate of the Month Celebration? If so, what are they like? (I’m always looking for fresh ideas!)


  1. Congratulations, Karen! Looks like so much fun, and how sweet that your dearest surprised you! ^_^

    1. Thanks so much, Cathie! I was super surprised!

  2. Congrats! Sounds like a well deserved honor!

  3. Congrats!!! You soooooo deserve it!!! And omg you hair is getting sooooo long!!

    1. I hair! I definitely need a haircut! Haha! Thanks, Kenzie!

  4. Congrats Karen! I REALLY admire what you do!

  5. You are amazing with the work that you do and deserve this award. Congratulations Karen. So glad that your family was their to enjoy your special event.

    1. Thanks so much, Pam! I'm glad they were there, too...I was so surprised!

  6. Congratulations Karen! I have no doubt you deserve this award X's 10!!


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