As a sales associate you may not feel like you have a lot of ownership over your work, but you can. Your manager might assign you to a department to clean and help out in that night, but you decide how well you are going to clean it and how friendly you are to customers, and you can decide to go above and beyond. The job is what you make it. I knew many people that would just hang around in the department and do nothing. They may get paid the same, but in the end, they didn't take ownership and they left feeling unaccomplished.