For those who see rescuing someone from a burning house as just another day on the job…
This holiday season, I give special thanks to FedEx, for keeping the People First and honoring those purple-blooded team members that truly love this company, their jobs, and those in their community!
On October 28, 2010, FedEx Express honored 26 employees for their above and beyond service to FedEx and the community. Eleven employees received the Purple Promise Award and 15 received the Humanitarian Award.
As project lead for the coveted FedEx Express Purple Promise and Humanitarian Awards, it is an honor and privilege to read the amazing and spontaneous activities our employees engage in for their customers, one another and for strangers in their community.
FedEx does a great job honoring those employees that achieve the Purple Promise by “making every FedEx experience outstanding!” This year, employees traveled through several feet of snow to deliver a package, sorted through trailers of luggage to find a customer’s passport, drove long distances to complete a delivery and left a family weekend trip to deliver a critical package to a customer – and it goes on and on.
FedEx also recognized those employees that, despite their day-to-day responsibilities on the job, didn’t hesitate to help someone who might be experiencing a house fire or involved in a serious car accident. Team members helped a family with a terminally ill child, rescued someone from a burning airplane, helped employees going through cancer and navigated around live electrical wires to rescue a police officer.
As an almost 11-year cancer survivor, I was flabbergasted to learn that I received one of the Humanitarian Awards this year for assisting a team of employees in Texas who had several colleagues going through cancer treatment. FedEx truly supports their team members via the Cancer Support Network at FedEx. An email thanking me for my efforts was also sent to my manager, who then secretly forged ahead to surprise and honor me.
I now know how my winners feel when they share with me how honored they are to receive the award, come to Memphis, mingle with executives and have their picture taken with the CEO and COO – when in reality, they did what they did because it is who they are, and they were not looking for any recognition other than the joy it brings to help someone!