As part of our Annual Tree of Hope Kick-off, we include a Special Recognition Event. Each year we award several individuals for their outstanding achievements. 2020 is the 34th year DSC has recognized award winners, and though we were unable to present the awards to our winners at the larger event this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we still want to recognize each recipient individually. This year Thomas Mustered, received the 2020 Personal Achievement Award.
Thomas began receiving job coaching support through the DSC Employment Services Program, upon graduation from high school. Thomas has been working at Walgreens for over seven years. He has a variety of responsibilities during his shift. When he first began the position, he spent the majority of his time on truck duties. Truck day is a retail term used for when shipments arrive. The freight from the truck is unloaded, usually in the stock room. Boxes are then unpacked and the stock room is replenished and kept in order.
Today, Thomas helps cover the register, stocks shelves and spends a lot of his time outdating, a task he’s proud to do. Outdating in the dairy section, is a critical role that Tom fills. It’s vital that the outdating in dairy is done on a specific schedule and done with detail, which suits Tom’s personality well.
Products are pulled from the shelf within a specified number of days prior to their expiration date. This is where Thomas’ unique abilities work in his favor, allowing him to hyper-focus on details, including with the outdating process. His attention to detail is one of the reasons he’s successful in his role, and why the position is a great match for him. Thomas also rotates food items on the shelves, and applies sale stickers appropriately, such as bakery items, when they reach specific dates.
Thomas said what he loves most about his job is doing something that keeps people safe, by working in outdating and removing items that are approaching expiration dates from shelves. He said he also feels fortunate that he’s been able to continue working during the pandemic, as an essential worker. Walgreens has previously received their LEAP (Leaders in Employing All People) certification and had a long-standing relationship with DSC. Walgreens management stated that Thomas is “Friendly, detail-oriented, inquisitive and dedicated.”
When Tom is not working, one of his favorite things to do is play Pokemon Go. He also has three cats, Primrose, Watson and Sherlock.
Congratulations, Thomas on this outstanding achievement!