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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

You can lead a horse to water

but you can't make him or her drink.

Knowing the end is potentially near for a dear employee I've worked with for 5 years, I took it upon myself give her a wake up call. Last Friday we went out to lunch and I preached the need for her to get her portfolio updated, stop walking around with a scared stunned look and take action. Dust off the resume. Take your furloughed day off and spend it in the office gathering portfolio pieces. Treat your day off as a job, get back that spunk you had while in school and were finalizing your portfolio. Take action!

Today was her day off and she couldn't come in because she had a doctor's appointment in the middle of the day. So come in afterward, stay late I advised. Nothing doing.

At lunch another one announces that she's recently done her finances and was surprised to see she spent $1,000 per month on groceries and eating out.

A month ago I led a lunch discussion about the need to save money, make changes in daily spending habits due to the wildly unpredictable year. All but one said they were making changes to spending habits. The one who said, huh I haven't changed a thing is the same who is spending $1,000 a month on groceries.

For God's sake people WAKE UP! How can you watch our biggest client lay off 450 people two weeks ago and think that's not going to trickle down when they stop giving us as much business! HELLO!

Did you notice your former co-workers depart recently due to a drop in work? Did you notice the factories going out of business due to lack of work? Did you happen to notice 1/2 the staff is on furlough schedule? How could anyone feel safe in 2009? Even my boss, the company owner is freaked out about the potential of losing his job, ie. having to file bankruptcy.

Well there you have internet; I've already vented to husband and boss, perhaps you can also share in my indignation and shocked outrage.


Anonymous said...

I am also a planner by nature. I get frustrated by people who don't see the big picture.

R. Molder said...

You nailed it K! I'm a planner. Always the first to stock up for hurricane supplies in June. Not one to be racing to the store the night before a storm hits only to find no water and matches left.