Look in the sky! It’s a plane! It’s a bird! No! It’s the 2015 Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame Inductee!
Sweet, humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy has a secret identity. He’s a mild-mannered shoeshine until trouble stirs, then he becomes the superhero Underdog. Whenever villains come to town (and usually it’s to menace his love interest Polly Purebred) Shoeshine Boy transforms into the caped canine crusader, then saves the day. Unfortunately, he destroys countless phone booths in the process—but, hey, who uses phone booths anymore, anyway?
Even more than his penchant for speaking in rhyme, what we love about Underdog’s work style is his ability to focus on problem-solving over finger-pointing or excuse-making. In the heat of a crisis, he keeps his cool, switches gears and works through the issues until they are resolved. For these great employee attributes, we have selected Underdog as this year’s Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame inductee.
Our HR specialist weighs in: “Underdog is a fearless problem-solver, and that is a valuable employee trait, even for a canine shoeshine service technician,” says Dana Huber, PHR, and HR Manager at myHR Partner. “Granted, he’s a little over-zealous with the costume-changing thing, but we could work on that…”
Her recommendation: Dana thinks that Underdog would benefit enormously from an Extended DISC Assessment and consultation. Managing his two tasks—shoeshine and superhero—can done more effectively if he could learn to identify his common behavioral styles to facilitate more effective workplace interaction, as well as more effectively manage and motivate people.
We hope you and your team of superheros enjoy Employee Appreciation Day on March 7th. To see the entire list of myHR Partner Cartoon Employee Hall of Famers, click here.