Maybe it’s worse than I thought. Or at least it is happening sooner than we were warned. I refer here to the approaching “skilled labor” shortage which I reported on a month or so ago in this very blog. I say that is happening sooner than was expected (at least in the glass and metal side of the construction industry) because I am getting more and more calls from old (and new) contacts who are looking for people … and some of the calls have a tone of desperation in them. If you are an employer, I think you need to know that your better employees might be getting “stalked,’ and if you are an unhappy employee, this might just be your chance to make the move you have been contemplating for the past few years. It’s going to get interesting!
Don’t Do It … cause it’s not worth it!
I refer here to a report out of China that says that many employers are now offering a 15 percent pay bonus to workers who are willing to live and work in some of that country’s most polluted cities. Chinese residents are not eligible for this bonus, but the many foreign workers that are employed there are. Many of the companies involved in this “hazard pay” arrangement are American firms with offices or factories there that are having a hard time keeping their employees. The employers call this pay increase an “environmental hardship allowance.” In some Chinese cities, the air pollution levels are 25 times or more than what’s considered acceptable by U.S. standards. My advice … don’t do it. No amount of money is worth risking your health!
Thank You …
… to those of you who responded to my request last week for comments or stories about your bosses. In particular, the things you would like to tell your bosses but still need to get a paycheck every now and then. Some of your comments were great, and a couple quite humorous, as well. My goal, as stated last week, is to put together an article about this and publish it (hopefully) in September or October … assuming it gets an OK from my boss … the very kind and understanding Ellen Rogers who I could not possibly say one negative thing about because she is just so good … let’s make that great … in every way.
The Gold Fish Thing …
My daughter Beth attended a convention last week in Salt Lake City, Utah and while there, she stayed at the Monaco Hotel. While she was standing in line to get checked in, she couldn’t help but overhear the lady in front of her ask for a fish for her room. When it came time for Beth to check in, she asked what the fish thing was all about and was told that guests could have a free gold fish delivered to their room if they so desired. Beth, the only one in the family to have jumped out of an airplane – with a parachute on of course – is always one to try new things (especially if they are free), so she ordered a fish. She named him Oscar. I have no idea why I am including this story in today’s blog other than the fact that I just thought it was quite different and in some odd way, unique and interesting. And while I’m on it, what oddball memorable thing are you doing for your customers these days???
On A Sad Note …
I’m sorry to have to report on the passing of Al Shapiro (owner of Active Glass – Pittco Metals). I knew and dealt with Al for more than 35 years. I knew him as a supplier, competitor and co-committee member when we worked together with the Chicago Contract Glazing Association many years ago. He was also a very active trustee (representing employers) to the Glaziers Union of Chicago (local 27). I received a call from a reporter asking me to sum up in a word or two what Al Shapiro was, relative to the glass and glazing industry. The word I chose was “progressive,” because I always thought Al was ahead of the curve in most areas of the business. Always ahead of me for sure. He was also a legendary hard worker, and his success in a very tough industry was in large part due to his incredibly tireless efforts to build his businesses. He’ll be greatly missed by many.
Just Another Day … at the office!
I think sometimes we in the glass industry forget just how big the replacement side of the business really is. Every work day, thousands of pieces of glass (both automotive and flat/architectural) are replaced across the country. And thank goodness that glass breaks (hopefully not hurting or injuring anyone), because thousands of people make their living every year in that side of the industry. Below, a crew from Arlington Glass in Chicago replaces a broken piece of glass at O’Hare Airport. Just another day at the office … kinda.
The Sports Thing …
Hey how about those Irish? No, not Notre Dame, who I think gets way more press than they are entitled to. I’m talking about 25-year-old Irishman Rory McIlroy, who won the British Open (17-under par) this past Sunday. This was his third majors win, and only Nicklaus and Woods also had won three majors by the age of 25. And you thought the Irish were only good for singing, writing, baseball, basketball, stand-up comedy, football, rugby, boxing, soccer, politics, law enforcement, leadership, swimming, education, deep thinking, music, medicine, scientific discovery, etc., etc. …………………………….
The Quotable Thing …
This week’s quote comes from the very talented, witty and wonderful Beth Rush. Thank you Beth.
“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more” … anonymous
“Have a Wonderful Week Everyone”