“Good management” = “Good morale”?

One thing that employees, any employees hate (is hate too strong a word?) is a manager that knows less, cares less, and does less than the employees themselves. It does not matter if the employees are on the same team, in the same location or even if the manager is a “nice” person!  Employees hate bad bosses! It does not matter how well their boss operates or manages their team (scheduling PTO, passing out production, scheduling monthly meetings), there is an empathy for those employees under the “boot” of the man.

When a manager cares about their employees it shows in the employees’ productivity, as the majority of employees are nowadays just happy to have a job. This effort from management gives the individual employee a sense that they matter and that they may have a job tomorrow!

If the manager exhibits fantastic time management skills and properly matches the employee with skill-to-task assignments, the employees are ecstatic. How many times have you seen or been assigned a task that you had no clue how to do and then were chastised for it?  How many times have you been assigned a project by management that your own direct manager could not complete?

When a manager shows a basic knowledge of the amount of time required to complete a certain task and give their employees that leeway to complete it, they are happier than kids getting candy on Halloween. Add to that if the manager knows the strengths and weaknesses of their individual employees and assigns them duties they can complete in a timely manner.

Rather than having them “go at it” or “figure it out” working as a team and being a resource to your employees makes for happier more productive employees with better morale.

If the employees are constantly working and pressing their noses to the grindstone, while their manager goes on their fifth coffee break with their peers or are playing games online, while the rest of the staff is trying to meet daily goals/numbers, the morale suffers.

Instead of worrying about the numbers those employees are worried more with finding a new job than dealing with a lazy manager. And let’s not get started if the team is the reason why that lazy manager is getting promotions and/or praise from upper management because of the staff’s hard work! You can kiss that good morale goodbye!

I have seen many management’s styles and they all lead to high turnover rates, inconsistent productivity, and low morale for an organization.

I know that I am not alone here in what I have witnessed with managers.  What’s your thoughts?

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Renter’s Nightmare – The Imperfect Org

I seriously do not know what’s harder, trying to deal with the idiot homeowners and their pretentious ways in Oak Park, or trying to decipher from “Zillow” and “Trulia” listings, which property owner is being the most truthful in their ads.

It’s stressful enough when you have to move.  There is all the anxiety of packing up things, giving things away, gathering boxes and packing paper, etc.  There is also the issue of making sure your credit score is up to par, your job and pay stubs are on point, the location is good (like close to public transportation in case your car breaks down). Then there is the debate over if you should use movers or a group of people that you hope are dependable.

But now added to that stress is reading through rental ads and trying to determine from the pictures if:

  1.  the place is suited for you,
  2.  if the place will align to your move in date,
  3. the cost associated with moving into the place,
  4. if there is adequate storage,
  5. can you barbeque, and throw small parties,
  6. if you can bring your pets (well, not a pet lover here, but I understand that many people are), etc.  So, to have to determine if someone is being truthful in their ad is the last thing that you have on your mind when searching for that perfect place.

But my fellow renters, do not despair, because of my many rental situations (that never includes me not paying my rent on time or being a good tenant), I have had the opportunity to see what it is like to not only deal with people who wear masks on a daily basis (by saying one thing and doing another), now that same behavior has spilled over into the rental market.

I guess I should not be surprised, considering that people lie and distort the truth daily, but come on, do we have to use marketing ploys and lie in rental ads just to get potential renters?

I mean do you not think it’s a waste of time to schedule an appointment with a potential renter when you know you have only given half the truth in your listing?

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For example, I saw this perfectly cute apartment in Forest Park, (God I want nothing more than to escape the residents of Oak Park) and I grew very excited. Crunched the numbers, checked the move in date, the deposit (not worried about the money or credit score). Basically worked it all out in how I could move into this place. However what did not sit right with me was the fact that the square footage was not in the ad. Well, sure enough after rushing to meet the owner (yes the owner who was renting the place), I discovered the place was not more than 550 feet! Tell me, why the hell was that information not disclosed in the ad? Me being inexperienced in all of this noticed it was not listed, but did not think it was a case in which I had to inquire.  That’s what I get for “ASS”uming!

My advice to you, if it’s not there, listed in the ad, “ask”! Don’t waste your time and the property owner’s time.  Especially since most times you are on your best behavior (probably dressed nicely too, like me), only to walk away disappointed.

My previous appointment turned out in disappointment as well.  Saw this great ad for an apartment on the 2nd floor.  The place was huge with all of the storage, bedroom space, in-house laundry units, parking, private backyard, everything! But, and this was a huge but for me, the owner failed to mention in the ad that he is living on the first floor and renting out the second floor.  So that means that in this nice two flat building, I would be living upstairs from my landlord? Not! That crap is like living with your parent, but worse! Why the heck would I want that? What if we get into a disagreement? What if he does not agree with my living arrangements, is he going to complain? What if our personalities don’t mesh, will he put me out?  Would it have been so wrong to simply mention in the ad, “Landlord living on the first floor, is renting out a second-floor apartment?”  At least give me the option to make a sound decision before I show up for the appointment to check out the place.  I mean damn, is that too much to ask for?  Back to that whole, treat others how you want to be treated.  You can trust and believe that if that was me, I would have disclosed that right away.  Why make a person wait and find out by surprise?  That is some sneaking s&@t, that’s why.  They are hoping that you show up and you are so impressed that you will begin the application process.  Or maybe they believe their own hype, and they don’t think this is anything to disclose, but I think that is all B.S.

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Oh, I came across another Zillow ad listing a two flat.  It was for a second-floor apartment as well.  This time, I knew better than to assume the owner was not living on the first floor (since it was a two flat).  So before I even inquired about the apartment, I carefully conducted internet searches, and found out from pictures (taken only a few months ago) that the owner is living there (he did not say so in the ad, but the pictures of him sitting outside of the property spoke volumes).  As a result, I did not fall for the Okie-Doke. I kept it moving.

Maybe it’s just me, seeking perfection again in another situation.  I’m told that I am too analytical, but I cannot help but call B.S. when I see it.  Am I sweating the small stuff, or am I too analytical? What do you think?

Focusing through a Storm – The Imperfect Org

How do you condition your mind to stay focused in a situation when you no longer feel connected, nor can see the light of day?

It is very difficult to keep to a plan and tasks at hand when our intellect tells us, “this is a warning sign”, or “get out, there’s danger”! Being a free spirit, (that remarkable Sagittarius part that has kidnapped my soul) speaks to me loudly, and does not agree kindly to my attempts at remaining stable.

But I have come to realize in my years on this planet that sometimes it is not about jumping ship, but staying on that ship and guiding it to shore.  “Staying the course” as some would say…

I often ask myself, “What is the art to suffering” so one does not lose their soul, yet survives long enough in the game to achieve that dream?  Of course, bailing too early can result in starting all over again, just to barely regain the ground that was lost.  But for those who are successful at masking their feelings and emotions in order to gain control over a situation long enough to become victorious is ideal, and intelligent in concept, but even more difficult to achieve.

I guess that’s why people say “that which does not kill you will make you stronger”.  Well, I sure as hell hope so because I tire of jumping ship only to start over to learn that the new situation is just as crummy as the old.

Like that 80/20 rule that people refer to in relationships, that says that we break up with people because we do not like or agree with 20% of them, just to start over looking for a new relationship to learning that person may embody the 20% the ex-did not have, but lacks 20% in another area. In other words, there is no way around it, sometimes the only solution is to stick with it, and deal with the hand that has been dealt.

So how does one condition themselves or prepare to deal with the bull that life serves us? Do you tape up vision boards or inspirational quotes around your home? I have created vision boards and placed inspirational quotes around my desk, so I am not opposed to such solutions.

Do you bury your nose in a bible or memorize passages of scriptures that deals with tragedy and loss? I’ve done this as well.

Or do you speak aloud to yourself in troublesome situations telling yourself that “trouble don’t last always”? This sort of self-talk has kept me from sliding into depression.

All of the above has worked for me in the past, so I will not say they will not work to conditions one’s mind. But I cannot help but think that there may be even more viable and tangible solutions that I have failed to realize.

If you have found a golden ticket or found some magical solution, please share with the rest of us here in the comments section.  Some of us are hanging on by a thread, some of us are running around in circles, etc., we all could use a hint of guidance to get us through the storm.