Welcome to my Friday Free for All post. I ramble about nothing in particular, but my thoughts of the day. After two particularly head pounding days, I'll dive right in.
We tend to have a leadership meeting the day before full staff meetings as sort of a prep for all the good news bad news scenarios. Normally this is good because we're not caught off guard with announcements, have resources to support questions from our teams, and in general just be more prepared to implement whatever opportunity, policy, procedure, or practice rolling out. Not this week. Instead, we got two meetings with kindly worded but still reprimands and misplaced over reaction to some negativity that came to the highest up.
While the big boss is a nice person, clearly she had been verbally beaten one too many times, and pushed it down to us. There was no recognition that in the past 30+ months, most divisions are regularly working with one or more vacancies, we've had new work caused by the pandemic added, and in general, if salary, working minimally 10% and often times 50% longer hours in a week than we're paid for. The message was all about requiring responses in 24 business hours no matter what, making sure there's no perception that staff telework, and basically suck it up and do better. We're losing staff left and right and if anyone was considering a change, this will push them to opt out. I have to find ways myself to stay motivated and pass that on to my team as this year is going to be grueling.
This leads me into this rant on the worst phrase in work life. What moron coined the term quiet quitting for workers deciding they are going to do the job they were hired for, but no longer going to jump through unpaid or underpaid hoops in the work place? In the old days, going above and beyond might have got you a raise or promotion with raise. Now, it tends to get you more expectations, the pace and extra are now the norm, not seen as above and beyond. I applaud those who do their job well, but can maintain the boundaries.
Dollar Tree Challenge Thoughts
Switching gears but still in a motivation lane, I've been noodling around a $5 DT challenge. The increase of items to $1.25 means an entire ingredient loss since I tried this last year. I've got some ideas, but when I do a rough calculation, I can't get them to meet my preferred standard of at least 600 calorie per person ( assuming for four) and at least a protein and fruit or vegetable. Ideally including all four food groups is my target. I want to get beyond rice, beans, pepper and onions topped with cheese. I might do a $10, two meal option, where I have more variety to work with, sharing a couple ingredients over both meals. It's not cheating if I phone a friend, so ideas are welcome. Stay tuned.
The weekend looks glorious. I plan to work outside with my laptop, fake background on if I get any video calls. We may go downtown for a beer and live music tonight after a homemade pizza. My menu plan is all over the place. My daughter has plans, but we're going to do something tomorrow night, and go to Veg Fest Sunday morning. Jump in with your Friday Free for All thoughts.