Monday, November 6, 2017

Situational Assessments Lead to Lasting Success!

Rebecca Myers began working with Elizabeth Hunter, or Lizzie in December of 2016.  After determining vocational goals based on Lizzie’s interests and skills, Ms. Myers arranged several situational assessments to determine what environment Lizzie would thrive in the most. Situational assessments are a great tool for vocational counselors, it not only helps the client find a preferential work situation but helps vocational counselors determine what specific types of supports are necessary for the job! Lizzie completed assessments at a grocery store and a fast food chain where she focused on cleaning as well as additional assessments at two large retail chains where merchandise was the main focus. Although she demonstrated she was proficient at both, Lizzie decided she liked food service the best. 

In March 2017, Lizzie gained employment at Domino’s in Broadway, Virginia! 
Being a people-person, she enjoys her work environment where she can interact with co-workers and customers.  She is detail oriented, which is important for her job as a dishwasher.  Her very first task when arriving to a shift is to wash the dishes and stack them to dry. When that’s complete, she moves to the front of the store where she fills and stocks to-go salad dressings, folds boxes, and completes various tasks wherever the restaurant needs.  Lizzie is a fast learner and picked up the dish routine very quickly.  She learned how to use the computer to clock in and out independently and she continues to work on increasing her speed when folding boxes.

Rebecca continues to check-in with Lizzie each shift. She works with Lizzie on multi-tasking; interacting with customers and co-workers while still remaining focused on her duties at hand.  When Lizzie first started her dishwashing routine, she and Rebecca worked together on stacking the dishes properly to air dry. 

“Lizzie has been awesome to work with,” says Rebecca, “Even when she is having a tough morning, as soon as she walked into Domino’s her attitude changes and she is ready to work!” In addition to training with Lizzie on her job duties, Rebecca has helped her to secure reliable transportation for her shifts.  Rebecca says the staff at Domino’s in Broadway have all been amazingly supportive. The operating manager, Melissa, tells Rebecca that Liz is a very hard worker and that she enjoys having her in the store! 

Lizzie’s favorite part of the job is doing dishes and prepping salad dressings but thinks she’s best at dishes. Outside of work, she enjoys other activities like volunteering at the animal shelter and shopping at Wal-Mart and Gabe’s.  When asked about work Lizzie says she loves the staff at Domino’s but loves her job the most “because I get paid!” 

Well said, Lizzie. Keep up the good work!

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