All Summer16

The Summer of 2016 started off with a bang in more ways than one.

April left us reeling from the death of Prince. And, the May offered no condolences, dealing blow after blow, in no particular order but each one equally horrendous:

A shooter killed more than 40 people and injured even more at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

(http://www.npr.org/2016/06/16/482322488/orlando-shooting-what-happened-update)

Actor and activist Jesse Williams gave a riveting speech at the BET awards that was so relevant, it prompted some to petition for him to be fired from his job on the hit TV Drama Grey’s Anatomy.

(https://www.change.org/p/boycott-abc-network-and-sign-petition-to-fire-jesse-williams-from-grey-s-anatomy-for-racist-rant)

The nation learned that the #FreddieGray trials were resulting in no convictions against the law enforcement officers that were involved in his arrest; the arrest that resulted in his death which was subsequently ruled a homicide. The lack of convictions was just the continuation of many shocking results of the matter as the remaining charges were dropped against the other officers who where involved.

(http://www.blackreport.com/archives/2016/07/27/remaining-charges-dropped-against-police-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/)

The bones of the #SandraBland case continue to fall from the closet after her death was ruled a suicide last year. Officer Michael Kelley has recently admitted that he was warned not to speak out about some very important facts regarding Sandra Bland’s case. He also revealed that his career was threatened and was told that he would face repercussions if he spoke to Bland’s family attorney.

(http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-officer-in-sandra-bland-case-20160729-story.html)

We also learned–that police officer Eric Casebolt of McKinney Texas would not face assault charges for his behavior towards a 15 year old teen at a pool party in June of 2015. Officer Eric Casebolt was recorded behaving recklessly while responding to a disturbance at the pool party. He is seen waving his weapon around at the crowd of people and then slamming a black teenager to the ground while subduing her with his knee in her back under his body weight.

(http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/grand-jury-declines-to-indict-ex-cop-involved-in-mckinney-pool-party.html/)

During a protest in response to the continued racial tensions and police brutality across the nation in Dallas, Texas, a man opened fire on police officers killing 5 and wounding others, including a protester. A brief standoff ensued however it was quickly ended when the suspect was disarmed and killed by an explosive detonation by Dallas SWAT. The media was intent on blaming the outcome of the protest on the #BlackLivesMatter movement while ignoring the very reason someone saw fit that such a movement needed to take place.

(http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/breaking-shots-fired-and-officers-down-at-downtown-dallas-protest/266881573)

As a Dallas native I can say this was very much so a sad, horrific, and tense time. My twitter feed was on fire, the text messages wouldn’t stop coming, and my spirit was on the ropes.

Trying not to give in to my emotions, I left for work the following morning with an intent to maintain a silent protest in hopes that I would be able to get through the day with my office door closed while never speaking a word of the incident to my coworkers. I wanted to just close off and lament the catalyst that started it all: the unresponsiveness of State and Federal Government in cases involving blatant police brutality, racism, and racial profiling. Not to mention the casual feigns of ignorance when it comes to identifying #whiteprivledge

No less than 30 days after the shooting involving Dallas Police officers, two black men #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastilewere were shot and killed (roughly 24 hours apart) by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St Anthony, Minnesota.

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/07/06/alton-sterlings-death-appears-to-be-another-police-shooting-that-was-both-legal-and-preventable/)

(http://www.democracynow.org/2016/7/7/you_shot_four_bullets_into_him)

Needless to say, the pattern is more than obvious but the powers that be seem to be blind and deaf. As both are being argued as legal, justified, as well as preventable.

To make an already outrageous and genocide-eque situation worse, another black man, Charles Kinsley was shot by police in Florida while unarmed, with his hands up.

(http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/07/black-fla-therapist-who-was-shot-by-police-reunited-with-autistic-patient/)

For my entire life, as long as I can remember, Black People have been fighting to receive equality of the most basic means and this struggle has only gotten more intense, more severe, more life threatening, more bloody, and has encouraged groups on either side to rise up their bands to do something about it.

The Black Community has responded with strategic action plans that have gotten the attention of celebrities and professional athletes and resulted in thousands of groups forming to promote and influence change in their communities.

Social media has been flooded with black posters sharing their ideas on resolving the issues and affecting change. There have even been suggestions of boycotts, all black market co-operatives, legal action committees, protests against specific businesses and politicians, and well as the encouragement of more black to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms to protect themselves and their homes.

To paraphrase a quote by one of my favorite singers, Sam Cooke. A Chang Has Come…

 

 

 

 

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Unincorporated Me: Unit 3 ReceptiNONE

Yes, you read that title correctly. ReceptiNONE is a word I just crafted. It stands for NO RECEPTIONIST EVEN THOUGH there’s a clear need for one and a space carved out in the front lobby for one.

Receptionist: Our office resides in a small upscale office building. We indirectly boast a level of professionalism that rivals most offices. The office layout is an original design. The art pieces were handpicked. Even the tile and carpets were designers. This place isn’t shabby by any means. The guests that we host arent either. We welcome quarterly partnership meetings, wholesaler meetings, client meetings, proposal meetings, etc. You name it its been held here and or it will be. But often upon entering our office…we do not have a receptionist to greet our guests, sign for packages, answer and direct incoming calls, provide assistance to the company leaders, etc. The absence of this component pretty much shames the latter. The receptionist is one of the most important people a company hires. This is the person that your clients and guests will speak to first, they will see him/her first. This person represents what your company stands for and what your company wants to convey. When the first impression of your company is weak this vibrates throughout.

Case & Point: You have a very important meeting scheduled. Your guest arrives to the lobby. He or she cannot get into the actually lobby area because of the security doors so he has to ring the bell. He has to ring it more than once because the receptionist is not present, not at all, not today. He eventually makes his way in by way of another employee who after the 2nd or 3rd time of hearing the bell decides to unlock the doors to let the person in. I wonder what your guest is thinking right now? You are told that your guest has arrived. Thereafter he waits alone until you emerge to being the meeting. What went wrong here?

The office wasn’t prepared for your meeting, your guest had to make his presence known 2/3 times by ringing the bell, and thereafter he is left alone until you arrive for your meeting.
Not to mention phone calls that are routed to the receptionist before they go anywhere else. This is a stall in communication because the receptionist is out so the lines have to roll to other available lines before the caller is assisted…if assisted.

When couriers and delivery persons arrive…its a given they are on a tight schedule. Standing outside someone’s office with packages isnt the best use of anyone’s time but thats what happens when the head of your organization is not present.

Unfortunately an absent receptionist desk is also a target for thieves and scammers. When people see that your company lacks specific key presence its vulnerable.

The Receptionist is the first impression and first impressions are not second impressions on repeat. If your offense is a failure your battle form is doomed.

Unincorporated Me: Unit 2 The Perpetual Waste of Time in Talk

Talking is the most utilized method of communication. I didnt even have to lookup that stat to believe it. Even next to texting and emailing Im sure talking trumps them both in the numbers. But, when it comes to productivity…how much talking is too much talking? How much can you talk before the conversation goes from informative and necessary dialogue to an absolute WASTE OF TIME?

As a matter of fact, I think some people just come to work to TALK.

One of my coworkers talks to much the office has affectionately instituted a safe-word in order to free ourselves from conversations. We’ve all been held hostage in meaningless drawn out chit chat that seems to NEVER end. Some of us have needed something important from this person and we have delayed it as much as possible just to avoid the Velco Talk. I know what you’re thinking. Why hasnt this person been reprimanded? We have all made mention of this verbally and in writing to the good folks in the corner office and it seems to go unnoticed. If it has ever gotten addressed it was probably a conversation which hardly seems like punishment for this person…for talking seems to me a well liked pastime. This person isnt a loner in their everlasting jawing. There’s one guy that wanders about from office to office to chat with people. Great guy. Just wanders around chatting when others have work to do. Others includes him. There’s been a recent recruitment by the Chatties. We recently acquired a new employee…another chatter. They all chat away. Not that we all dont do it but this is in excess of the usual Monday catch up or the Friday Wrap ups.

We all chat from time to time. It would be awfully awkward not to do so  but some people do not have an internal clock or a sense of awareness about themselves. These people can and will ruin your business. If other employees have brought this to your attention as an employer or leader in the company and you have not been active about eradicating the issue you are a part of this problem. Time wasting is another revenue killer. Lets do the math of 3 hours of excessive chatting.

Estimate this: $$$$$Said Chatter is paid hourly at 20.00 and is worth 40.00 per hour in revenue. Theoretically this person is costing you a potential 120.00 day, 600.00 monthly, 28,800.00 annually. Factor in that you’re also paying this person so you’re paying for something you arent getting and you’re potentially losing money.$$$$$$

The streets calls this HUSTLING BACKWARDS (dont ask me how I know what the Streets say).

Still, this is a realistic issue. Again, we ALL and I mean ALL of us engage in the occasional and likely more than occasional unrelated workplace chatter but when these conversations begin to morph into a threatening beast that your workers avoid, you have a problem. When a safe-word is used to get out of conversations it’s leveled up. Because now this person is wasting their time and the time of others. This is your loss multiplied by all of those affected.

This could not be good for business.

This is not to say that companies need Talk Monitors. Compnies need to assess the communication needs of their staff. Who works with who? Who needs who? and how these people interact with one another. A lot of time upper management doesnt know the function of their employees. This is highly likely in a large company but in an organization of less than 50 people. But even in these large companies, someone has to be appointed to account for employee efficiency. There’s no reason the salary payers of the company should be without job descriptions of their employees. This enables management to assess the time management of departments and their productivity. Some see this as micromanaging. Micromanaging only becomes a negative when it cannot be used to better your business.

Micromanagement a the solution but its a tool that maybe used to reduce and eliminate the talkative time wasters and improve your business model. Although no ones likes to do it nor have it done to them some employees need initial micromanagement so they know whats expected of them.  It may also make them more aware of their time.

This is a microwave society. While you’re business is going at the speed of a conventional oven because its being slowed and stunted by the waste of time, your competitor has popped several bags of popcorn and sold them to his customers by the time your Chatter has wrapped up his/her conversation.

Lets not reduce this to TALKING being a problem. WASTING TIME IS THE PROBLEM.

© Pussycatgriot 2014

Unincorporated Me: Unit 1

Disclaimer: You should read these in their unit number  order, you might miss something vital.

Premise: This blog post initially started with my compliantesque observances while at work. It was long drawn out and very detailed. I toe the line between being a jerk and simply telling the truth while expressing my frustrations. I didn’t want this to be an epic of throwing people under the bus but inevitably some people will find tire tracks on their backs by default. I have 3 intentions with this project.

 1) Enlighten business owners, corporate businesses, employees, employers, and anyone who has found themselves a hamster in the wheels of Corporate America about the perils and perks of not operating your organizations with consideration of all individuals who play a part in its success.

2) Vent without persecution. Let’s face it, our families and friends get tired of hearing about our work woes. This is an opportunity for me to do so without boring anyone to tears or giving the impression that I work in a sweatshop.

3) Force myself into making a change. Once you air your own dirty laundry, its their for you to smell too. And while Ive made a major career change before, it was prior to my being a parent. Now the thought of leaving my company for another is frightening and before I abandon ship, I usually try to patch it up in hopes of salvaging the salvageable.

All things considered, I love my job, give or take a few inconsistencies. My only complaints have to do with organization, chain of command, and the people. Of course, the people.

Lately, my frustrations with work seem to be more frequent than not. Im more distracted than usual and its concerning. Im usually a pretty easy going person. I can ignore people and I can roll with the punches but either my muscle is weakening or the workplace blues is becoming more common and acceptable.

 

FREEZE!

If we had a major financial assignment that needed to be approved via wet signature, it would have to wait because the only person that has signing power is out of the country. I wonder if this happens as Fortune 500 Companies like Wal-Mart’s Corporate Headquarters, McDonalds, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Wells Fargo, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Costco…(this is me being a jerk because I know the answer)? Of course not! And this is one of the many partitions that separate company growth in revenue from consistent to stagnant and spotty. In my novice expertise (oxymoron LOL) I study the Income Statements of companies who stock I want to purchase. I pay attention to its revenue pattern. I wonder what caused it to increase and/or decrease. Could it have been avoided? Was there something that happened during the course of business that led to this moment? Was there one day that a major client called to have a request processed but was halted due to the decision maker being out of the office for several days. Did the client decide, “Im going to take my business elsewhere. There’s no way in 2014 that business should stop because one person took a vacation, no way” Although we are a relatively small company (less than 50 employees on site), if we plan to grow, we need to remain fully functional at all times.

FREEZE!

©Pussycatgriot 2014